Prepare yourself to be hypnotized by Dan Kassel, his cello and his loop station.
Kassel has steadily released and composed dynamically layered instrumental pieces since his first LP Bloom in 2013. For his third full-length album, Clockwork, he lulls listeners into a trance that is triggered by the mesmerizing medley of sounds that he creates using only his cello and the occasional contributing percussions. This nine-track album features covers of “Lithium” by Nirvana and “Love Foolosophy” by Jamiroquai. The remaining tracks were all composed by Kassel. Despite the assortment of chords presented simultaneously to listeners, each note is fully absorbed and has the ability to take listeners to great heights as well as tremendous lows.
With that being said, every emotion invoked over the course of this album contributes to a much bigger picture composed of tremendously textured instrumentals that latch on to listeners and hold fast until the concluding note.
Clockwork was fully funded by a Kickstarter campaign started last March by Kassel. He doesn’t have any upcoming scheduled performances as of now, but keep an eye on the WXPN Concert Calendar for updates. Check out the full album below. (UPDATE: Kassel headlines World Cafe Live upstairs on January 26th.)