Indiana-based ambient guitarist Jeff Pearce produced the
oneiric atmospheres of Tenderness and Fatality (Windchime, 1993)
by processing and overdubbing melodic themes played on the electric guitar.
The effect is similar to listening to several Mike Oldfield melodies played
in the same room but slightly out of synch.
Pearce abandoned that pastoral mood and embraced a more intense style with the
layers and layers of electronically-processed guitar that compose
The Hidden Rift (Ancient Sun, 1996), in particular its 20-minute long
Vestiges (Pearce, 1998) basically repeated the same idea.
Daylight Slowly (Hypnos, 1998) collects leftover tracks from the previous
After True Stories (Mirage, 1999), a collaboration with Vidna Obmana, Pearce delivered his most ambitious work,
the eleven vignettes of
To the Shores of Heaven (Hypnos, 2000).
The Light Beyond (Hypnos, 2001), i.e. the
44-minute A Farther Shore which makes up most of it,
fully displayed the melodic gift of the artist, which had been imprisoned
in his baroque architectures.
Bleed (Hypnos, 2002) is more formulaic, as if the artist was
ready to move on to a new style.
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