"This is a merging of instrumental electronic music and prog rock with a touch of metal at times.. all with crazy time signatures" - Bruce Gall, ARFM
"Dave Pearson sets himself up with the challenge of letting the drummer go first on his new two-disc release, "Signatures." Working off complex drum rhythms and fills improvised by Zsolt Galantai, Pearson lights up the place with full-on prog-worshipping goodness in a style that is unmistakably classic Computerchemist. The guitar alone will set your brain on fire. A welcome return from Computerchemist!" - John Shanahan, Hypnagogue
"The new double album ‘Signatures I & II, by much talented Dave Pearson (aka Computerchemist) reveals both krautrock, electronics and progressive rock at it’s very finest. Starting with ‘Signatures I’, we will travel into the world of krautrock for sure, especially the first half of the album it’s very evident. It’s like listening to some of the best ‘Tangerine Dream’ music from the early 70′s. It strikes you immediately that the mighty ‘Computerchemist’ has been influenced by this supergroup to a large extent. And while the first half of the album is TD oriented in many ways, the later half is aching much more towards the sounds of ‘Ozric Tentacles’ if you ask me. The cosmic shimmering sounds along with the powerful drumming takes place, it’s almost like listenng to a one-man Ozric army. Dave certainly knows every trick in the book, and with this album he has eclipsed himself once again.Very tasty intricate cosmic rock from start to finish.
As we move along, we get to his other album called ‘Signatures II’. This album (being my fave of the two) is leaning much more towards electronic rock. But the obvious oozing sounds of Ozric Tentacles cannot be escaped!. Just listen to the amazing piece ‘Floor Zero’ and you’ll be in for a lush treat for sure. The very tasty sounds of the guitars and ethereal synths will leave you quite breathless I’d say. My favorite track on the album without a doubt!
Pour a bit of ‘Ozric Tentacle’, then add some tasty Pink Floyd sounds mixed with some classic Tangerine Dream textures. Stir well, then add a bucketload of Dave Pearson’s own imaginative style. Shake again and stir it well, and you’ll have the latest Computerchemist masterpiece. I would easily and without a doubt recommend this double album to listeners who crave for an infectious and adventurous Berlin-influenced journey, with a dash of prog rock thrown in the mix.!" - Kristian Persson, Tangram's Music Blog
"Computerchemist aka/ Dave Pearson has released his most interesting album to date, in no small part due to the excellent drumming of Zsolt Galantai. For me the whole album is interesting, with excellent drumming, tasty sequencer work, very interesting bass lines and some excellent and well placed guitar work by Mr. Pearson. Highly recommended!" - Greg Allen, author Klaus Schulze: Electronic Music Legend
"What a start to the new year for Dave Pearson, aka Computerchemist, with a new double album 'Signatures'. It's hard to fit it into a certain category, sometimes we hear raw Krautrock and other times it retains a more electronic stance with sequences and percussion working in harmony, throughout. Production is first class, but the strength throughout the discs is the dynamics of the music diving headlong into a musical whirlwind of meaty real drumming from Hungarian musician Zsolt Galantal and the embellishment of Dave's strong powerful guitar chords and sequencing. For more adventurous progressive EM fans, hang on to your seats and enjoy the ride." - Mick Garlick, Sequences Magazine
“Well executed, uplifting, yet laid back Berlin-influenced electronic music, with some Prog and jazz-rock overtones, intricate but tasteful drumming and some very interesting guitar work. Will be getting regular spins here at Progzilla Towers!” – Cliff Pearson, Progzilla Magazine
“All too often an album arrives in the Soundscapes Office accompanied by the press ‘blurb’ declaring that the artist has ‘stretched the boundaries’, or ‘created a new sound’ and other such bold and sweeping statements. However when Dave Pearson, (aka Computerchemist, or should that be the other way around?), said “Because this is a little more crossover I thought you might be interested”, I was a little sceptical, but not too much as I’m heard from Dave before and knew that he wasn’t afraid to do things ‘his way’.
Signatures is a double album, released as two single albums, that may sound a little strange but please read on and you’ll soon know why!
Signatures I is very much an electronic, synth or whatever it is called these days, fans dream, opener Caterpillar Pirouette starts with a solid sequencer driven base, but soon grows and the ‘unusual’ begins to show itself. Guitar, bass and drums, yes real drums from Zsolt Galántai, really do change the listening perspective of the music, but remains an easy listen for an electronic music fan!
This first album really starts to show its true colours, (or should that be kaleidoscopic rainbow of ever changing mood and colour?), with Dobdub, drums to the fore with a more laid back jazzy feel, but never quite crossing over into full blow jazz, smooth, intricate and interesting.
The epic Zsoltmatic is a piece of music that I find hard to describe, it has just about everything, from thunder and rain, a slightly 80’s feel to a sequencer opening with a drifting keyboard gently over riding , but then the drums kick in and that is a whole new ball game! Is this Prog Rock, Kraut Rock, Psychedelic or something else? I don’t know and I don’t care, it is certainly more interesting than a whole collection of albums by the so called ‘superstars’ ( who sold millions of records of bland repetitive tripe!), of this genre and certainly pushes things beyond the ‘bleeps, whistles and farts’ criteria. Here again, Dave isn’t afraid to do things differently, drums drive, guitar soars, bass binds it all together, but there is still that ‘electronic’ element, simply marvellous.
The album continues in this vein, just when you think Dave and Zsolt have ‘calmed down’ and are allowing you to relax into the album along comes Six Phase Mains a slightly, dare I say it conventional almost commercial opening, soon expands its horizons and unfurls into to a classic track with a bit of a twist, that twist being pure Computerchemist. Hard to put this into words, so you’ll just have to buy it and listen for yourself.
Onto Signatures II, certainly the more ‘conventionally’ progressively influenced of the two parts of the album. Strangeness in 13 I had a sneak preview of from Dave sometime ago, but the track still delights, from slightly ‘Oldfield’ opening piano, again a subtle under pinning from the drums and the guitar drifting in and out, leave you wanting to hear more!
Goodbye Moszkva Ter, picks up the pace, maybe a little Ozrics or Hawkwind in psychedelic mode? I don’t know and to be really honest, don’t really care, why try to compare a work that is quite openly and honestly going to defy ‘normal’ musical boundaries?
Commution is probably the stand out ‘proggy’ track, King Crimson, meet ELP, throw in Jimi Hendrix and your favourite prog drummer and you’ll get the picture. There is a bit of surprise moment in this one, but you’ll have to listen for yourself, but trust me, I don’t think it has ever been done before!
Signatures may have a few moments where you go, ‘oh that might be’, or ‘that’s so & so’, but it never really sounds like anybody else. Prog Rock influences and styles are there but they’re, I want to say ‘mashed’ but that isn’t right, blended maybe better, together in a pretty unique way.
Blimey this is a bit of a rambling review, sorry, but it is a double album!
OK, to try and sum this up, Signatures I & II is an album that really does push the boundaries, without ever being ‘weird’, just to make an impact. Yes conventions are stretched, twisted or just totally thrown away, but the album has continuity, a strong melodic core, time changes, crunching and then soaring guitars, driving rhythms, for once I think that this is a collection of tunes that really does have something for everybody, but don’t expect an easy, comfortable ride, this isn’t EM, it isn’t Prog, it isn’t full on rock, but it has elements of all and will challenge your music listening sensibilities, stay with it, and you will not be disappointed. If you are, give up listening to music now and play tiddlywinks all day instead. Simply marvellous!” – Paul Baker, ARFM Soundscapes
With the addition of the acclaimed Hungarian drummer, Zsolt Galántai, formerly of the rock band "Ossian" and "Baba Yaga", Dave Pearson has produced a work which fuses the essence of German Electronic Berlin School with Progressive Rock elements.