New age is often a pejorative term these days, and with very good reason. There's only so much aimless wind chime and incense noodling one can take before boredom sets in which makes Matthewdavid's gorgeous "Trust the Guide and Glide" all the more of a surprising sumptuous delight. There's virtually nothing by way of dynamism in its manifold grooves but it grips you just as tightly as the most potent beat-orientated record and never once drifts off into pointless instrumental water-treading. A silver-hued, honeyed delight from start to finish.
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L.A. composer and Leaving Records label founder Matthew David McQueen is largely known for his experimental production including releases on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. After nearly a decade of evolution, Trust the Guide and Glide is at once a powerful statement of identity and a new door into cosmic consciousness.
"It’s Now! Eternally! Easy, Tender, Loving Sound.
The Guide is You. The Glide is Life. Be Yourself, Live Fully –
That’s what the Vibrations are Encouraging, Echoing,
Waving, Glowing, Singing, Rippling, Radiating.
Matthewdavid’s Mindflight is Heart Music. It’s a record
of beauty that has evolved from explorations into his
deepest emotions, visions and imagination. The Flights
were most directly inspired by his profound connection
with Michael Stearns’ Planetary Unfolding (Continuum
Montage 1981). You can feel that Trust is it’s Brother.
Stearns speaks of Dreams, Resonance, Unity, and Ecstasy.
Matthew adds that this journey has been one of Healing,
Discovery, Finding, and Transformation. The two and
their kindred are wondrous Sonic-Energetic-Midwives
helping to usher in this age of Expanded Consciousness.
The process and source are Extra and Terrestrial,
Synthesized, Improvised (Live on Dublab Radio) Meditations.
Sourced from the well of spiritual expression, these
recordings were further realized in Ableton. You’re flying
through the mystical world of Gilbert William’s cover,
the software technology is dancing with circuitry, Flute,
Harp, Hulusi, Water, Sonar, Quasar, and microtonal
language are Tied and Dyed in the moment.
The Mind is programmed by the Heart. With an open
Heart the Mind can apply our gifts. I asked Matthew
what he’s seen on / in his Mindflights: “Unconditional Love!
Stillness – Centeredness,” he replied. “I’ve seen and felt
my ancestors, I’ve heard the songs of humanity . . .”
Welcome, Listen, Hear, Here, Now, Celebrate!
Joyously Written with Trust the Guide and Glide on repeat,
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, in Woodland Hills, California
– Carlos Niño