For this, his ninth solo album, computerchemist has gone back to guitar and synthesizer, producing 5 new tracks harking back to the strong 70’s influences of Krautrock and Berlin School, such as Tangerine Dream and AshRa Tempel. With guest appearances again from Zsolt Galántai (MAYA,Rusty Gold,Ossian) this album is sure to hit the sweet spot for fans of ‘old school’ synthesizer music.
Bruce Gall’s show ‘Atmospheres’ on oneworldmusic.co.uk exclusively premiered the album, together with an interview with Dave, in two parts starting from January 30th, 2020.
Label: Terrainflight TF011
Release Date: 1st February, 2020
dave pearson: keyboards, bass & lead guitars, sequencer & drum programming
zsolt galántai: drums on track 3
all composing, mixing and mastering in the digital domain at terrainflight hungary between jul 2019 and jan 2020
written & produced ©℗ 2020 by dave pearson
thanks: my wife and family, chris gill for the feedback, bonzo, bruce, craig, jerry, kelrod, paul & anita and all the others for the support, and of course TD for steering me onto EM for life 🙂
John Shanahan – Hypnagogue
Lovers of classic Berlin School electronic music will always have a champion in Computerchemist. On his ninth solo outing, ‘That Which Prevails’, composer Dave Pearson returns to fill headspaces with richly arcing sequencers, floating synth lines, and gritty, blues-dipped guitar. Pearson gives himself room to move, groove, and explore in these prog-tinted excursions, and the story of each song spins itself out in a finely woven sonic narrative. He also keeps his hand on the throttle the whole time, intent on infusing each piece with a range of dynamics and density–and when Pearson goes big, bold, and full, it can be exhilarating. From start to finish, ‘That Which Prevails’ is energetically engaging and laced through with healthy doses of the echoes of Pearson’s classic rock and EM influences–all tied neatly together with the artist’s enduring love of the genre.
— John Shanahan, Hypnagogue Podcast, January 2020
Jos Verboven – Electronic Fusion
The album ‘That Which Prevails’ brings me back to days long gone. The perfect combination of sequencers and guitars that go along with melodic parts and great percussion, clearly show that there is someone at work here who has learned the ropes; a genuine professional! In some tracks I hear a little touch of Tangerine Dream but with a very personal twist, that is what makes ‘That Which Prevails’ a beautiful journey, at least for me.
Music that is able to let me drift away from daily life, is music that is very precious to me. Music is about feeling and emotion. Being able to put these things into music, is a true gift. Computerchemist masters these skills perfectly well. Five stars!
— Jos Verboven aka Brainvoyager, Electronic Fusion, 18 January 2020
Bruce Gall – OWMR Atmospheres
A new year, and a brand new release from computerchemist! Hot on the heels of the relatively recent ‘Volcan Dreams’, Dave Pearson releases ‘That Which Prevails’ which continues not just in the vein of Edgar Froese-era Tangerine Dream, but will also interest fans of prog rock, psychedelic, krautrock and Berlin school with lots of references to their classic periods.
No twee new-age stuff on this recording, so stand by your keyboards for this hour-long trip. The first and last tracks on the album (‘The Circumstances Beyond One’s Control’ and ‘The End of Times’) take up almost 30 minutes and are CC classics, so it’s worth the money just for these two pieces. In my humble opinion the last two albums from computerchemist have really catapulted Dave Pearson into the premier league with this style of music with all but one track being long-form pieces which develop and grow as they progress into the familiar computerchemist crescendo.
It’s amazing to think this is for the most part a one-man project apart from long-time friend Zsolt Galantai’s drumming talents on one track. Dave’s music is so often referenced alongside Tangerine Dream but the trick he’s developed is to combine the periods that he enjoyed from the band and mix all these elements with the backbone of his own inimitable style. It’s only January but computerchemist has already set the bar very high for the rest of the year.
– Bruce Gall, “atmospheres” www.oneworldmusic.co.uk, 15 January 2020
Alfred Arnold – EMpulsiv.de
Neues aus dem ungarischen Elektronik-Labor: Gleich zum Jahresanfang meldet ‘Computerchemist’ Dave Pearson sich mit einem neuen Album zurück. “Das was vorherrscht”, ist der vielsagende Titel, und die Credits an die bekannten Berliner Elektronik-Pioniere auf dem Cover kommt nicht von ungefähr.
Wer hier aber lupenrein dahinfließende Sequenzen a la ‘Rubycon’, oder melodisch-geschmeidiges Material im Stile der 80er erwartet, der liegt nicht ganz richtig. Die Mehrzahl der Tracks erinnern an die späten 70er-Jahre, als Tangerine Dream begann, nach neuen Musikformen zu suchen und dabei auch progressiv-rockige Elemente auf den Alben zuließ.
Dabei ist dieses Album kein einfaches ‘Tribute’ an diese Ära, der Mix ist individuell und zitiert die Sounds aus der Zeit, ohne als simple Kopie daherzukommen. Als “Erholung” von den gitarrenlastigeren Tracks stellt Dave auch mal einen Titel dazwischen, in dem der Sequenzer dominiert, und glättet die Wogen ein wenig.
Wer schon seinerzeit bei ‘Cyclone’ oder ‘Force Majeure’ nicht spontan abgeschaltet hat, der sollte sich “That with Prevails” einmal genauer anhören, wenn es Anfang Februar erscheint. Elektronik und Krautrock gehen noch immer zusammen, ganz besonders wenn wie hier die Mischung stimmt.
— Alfred Arnold, EMpulsiv.de, 13 January 2020
News from the Hungarian electronics laboratory: right at the beginning of the year, the ‘computerchemist’ Dave Pearson is back with a new album. “That Which Prevails” is the meaningful title, and the credits to the well-known Berlin electronic pioneers on the sleeve notes are no mere coincidence.
But don’t expect perfectly flowing sequences a la ‘Rubycon’, or melodically smooth material in the later style of the ’80s. The majority of the tracks here are much more reminiscent of the late ’70s era, when Tangerine Dream started exploring new forms of music, and where they allowed progressive rock elements to appear.
The album is not a simple ‘tribute’ to this era, however. The mix is individual and quotes the sounds from the time without coming along as a simple copy. As a “recovery” from the more guitar-heavy tracks, Dave sometimes interposes a title in which the sequencer dominates and smoothes the waves a little.
If you don’t switch off spontaneously at the likes of ‘Cyclone’ or ‘Force Majeure’, you should listen to “That with Prevails” more closely when it appears at the beginning of February. Electronics and Krautrock still go together, especially if the mix is right, as here. — Alfred Arnold, EMpulsiv.de, 13 January 2020 (English translation by google – any corrections are welcome!)
Paul Baker – Soundscapes
Following on from ‘Volcan Dreams’ comes ‘That Which Prevails’, Computerchemist’s ninth album which does start with a rather ‘analogue’ feel, harking back to the ‘classic period’, but not completely. Drums, guitar and a driving bass line soon weave magic in between the sequences and ‘pads’, (whatever they are!)
The opener, ‘The Circumstances Beyond One’s Control’, grows, the chemistry appearing to react with each new musical substance added to the mix. The rhythm of the piece is taken up by drums giving the keys and guitar room to effervesce and bubble into life, taking the music in unexpected directions.
OK, I’ll try and stop the corny Chemistry puns, but that is how this album feels, the music has room to react, to breathe to develop, under the careful, loving, but not too restrictive guidance of the master Chemist. The title track has a catchy rhythm but, what you’ll find here is that you’re soon whistling the ‘melody’ or hook as the piece develops. A splash of Hammond, a pinch of guitar, that bass line all coming together wonderfully in the petri dish, or test tube of free flowing progressive musical chemistry.
If you have to pigeon hole your music, think latter day Ozrics jamming with Gong, with a side salad of Greenslade and a dash of Glen Main. Don’t go investing in capes though, Dave soon brings you back to what this is, Computer Chemist, modern forward thinking electronic music that engages and delights, using all the ‘tools’ at his disposal to keep you guessing where the music is going to go and what you’ll find when you get to the end. Simply marvellous. 5/5 stars.
— Paul Baker, Soundscapes, 12 January 2020