Follow the River Home
Ambient guitarist Jeff Pearce’s latest release sees the Indiana resident displaying a variety of electric guitar-playing techniques, highlighting at least one new wrinkle: his talent for stinging electric leads (previously exhibited at the Zone Music Reporter Awards show in 2015). These soaring notes of electric energy are unleashed on “Snowfall,” heard over a bed of reverbed rhythm-guitar chords. That track is bookended by an assortment of melancholic ambient soundscapes (“Under Summer Stars”), classic lush spacemusic (“Downstream I”), sparkling, effervescent sunshowers (the first part of “Downstream II”), and the twangy neo-Western serenity of the title track. The stunning, 20-minute “Gathering Stars” is one of the most meditative pieces of Pearce’s distinguished career.