Like many artists, I first encountered daniel in the Stillstream chat room and then, I believe, through the Relaxed Machinery community. It was on the latter where he posted a SoundCloud link to “Being Peace”. Here is what he had to say about it:
I recorded this piece, “Being Peace” about 10 years ago, and I have never come close to its perfection since…. During that day that ended with Being Peace, I was for some reason unentangled with the result, which mental state I was able to sustain long enough to have a recording of what bliss sounds like to me by the end of the day. I would cry every time I listened to it for weeks.
I instantly fell in love with the piece and asked daniel if I could release it on Conception.
Now daniel has many times mentioned “Being Peace” as the pinnacle of his art and how nothing he’s done has ever come close. I, naturally, took him at his word.
Then he began to post more tracks to SoundCloud, intending them primarily as experiments, looking for feedback.
With the post of each new “thing” (his own term for his pieces), I came to realize that here is a man who vastly underestimates the depth of his art. For me it finally reached a critical mass and I contacted daniel, telling him that unless he objected I would release these pieces. Luckily for all of us he consented.
While these pieces may not be finally tuned and mastered as perfect works, I believe deeply in their beauty and the depth of feeling they convey. There is a deep well of emotions that daniel can tap into. While there is a sense of melancholy to be found, the ultimate sense I take from this music is a serene sense of being present to the current moment.
Take some time to explore these pieces and I believe you will find some beautiful places to be at peace.
Released April 26, 2011
All instruments and sounds by daniel robert lahey
Cover photo by Mark Botham