Review: Daniel Corral Delights with Diamond Pulses

Daniel Corral's debut solo album, Diamond Pulses, is available Sept. 12.

Daniel Corral's debut solo album, Diamond Pulses, is available Sept. 12.

Los Angeles-based composer Daniel Corral’s debut solo album, Diamond Pulses, carries out “an epic, experimental, electronic space soundscape, combining classical minimalist influences, Balinese rhythm undercurrents and modern production aesthetics” that create an ambience like no other. His music is a rich collusion of styles, constantly blurring the boundaries between the familiar and foreign.

His unique voice finds outlet in puppet operas, accordion orchestras, handmade music boxes, electronic collages, site-specific installations, chamber music and interdisciplinary collaborations. His debut album is a “32-minute aural experience that combines spacey electronic polyrhythms, intricate tuning systems and noisy ambiance to open new sonic dimensions.”

When I first listened to Diamond Pulses, it took me on a musical journey that I’ve never experienced before. Corral’s unique combination of musical influences results in a calming sound that is truly a delight to listen to. Corral is a great composer, and his expression through music transcends into something so unique that no artist can match. By any means, you need to listen to his album because it’s phenomenal.

In October, Corral takes Diamond Pulses on tour up the West Coast to Seattle (Oct. 9) and San Francisco (Oct. 13). He performs an L.A. release show tomorrow, Sept. 12, at Automata.

Diamond Pulses will be available Sept. 12. For more information, visit spinalfrog.com.

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Daniel Corral

Diamond Pulses

Orenda Records

3 stars

Music albums are rated on a scale of 4 stars (exceptional), 3 stars (solid), 2 stars (average) and 1 star (unworthy).

Hillary Villeno is a Contributing Writer for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle and entertainment. Follow her on Twitter: @HillaryVilleno

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