Blissful, evocative drone from the Midwest ambient artist.
On Rooftop By Dusk, a lengthy EP of archival recordings spanning from 2012 to 2017, Daniel proves he's been an honorable purveyor of the ecstatic, longform sound from the jump. A few of the tracks on Rooftop By Dawn, like the best ambient music, stage a plaintive reckoning with the sublime. There's "Following, Forming," whose murky, plangent melody puts me in mind of Selected Ambient Works II. Then there's the sprawling, 50-minute "Venice," which fits into a idling-spaceship tradition that spans from Brian Eno's Apollo to Seabat's Outside The Disc. The music Daniel's made since, like the excellent 2018 collaborative full-length with Celer, has bloomed from the foundational tones heard on Rooftop By Dusk.