Daniel Robert Lahey wields the tools of a trained classical musician in pursuit of ambient music with direct and fresh (but never simple) melodic charms. Each of his pieces bears a symphonic influence, but each piece aims to provide the listener a listening experience of intriguing sound-on-sound. Rather than the sunny sleepwalk of new-age-style waves of saccharine melody, Lahey weaves complex themes throughout each composition. In “No Cure for Music”, the five pieces bear titles such as “Short Term Remedy (thing 523)” and “Auntie Histamines (thing 525)”.
Lahey offers no simple prescriptions or promises of miracle cures. Instead, he layers measured, intriguing melodic themes which hearken back to post-World-War-Two classical music “modernism”. This is music both accessible and challenging. As one song title posits, it is music “Shredded by Antithetical Influences”. His use of synthesized sounds inspired by orchestra instruments combines with his wandering melodic ear to create a set of interesting tracks for which this bit of text proposes no easy antidote.
This is not music for everyone—but it is music for anyone. In “No Cure”, Daniel Robert Lahey takes the listener in for a digital scan, and the diagnosis is positive for sound. This is sound to take the indolence of an idle hour and turn it into the therapy of intriguing sonic exploration.