"Lost in the Garden of Delay" is a collection of David Barnes' solo compositions from 2007-2009, and includes his greatest work from that period. Like his other recent solo albums, the most noticeable influences are early Pink Floyd and Brian Eno. But some of it does not fall into either of those camps. These are all strictly instrumental compositions, with unusual combinations of instruments and alternative playing techniques. Barnes plays all instruments tracks. Here is a rundown of what the album includes:
Hammer Dulcimer Octet - This piece is layered with 8 Hammer dulcimer tracks. The instrumentation makes it harder to hear the influences listed above, but it is still pretty psychedelic for Hammer dulcimer music.
Darkness - This is one of Barnes' greatest masterpieces. The subtlety in the blend of instruments sounds (chainsaws turned into a chordal instrument, Hammond organ, frogs, reong (gamelan percussion), electric and acoustic guitars has a very visual psychedelic feel to it. The structure of the piece with the intense first section, spacey wandering middle section that gradually builds in intensity, leading the listener to the glorious searing guitar solo in the final section is reminiscent of certain early Pink Floyd compositions (Echoes,The Narrow Way), but without the rock instrumentation.
In The Garden - Very spacey and mellow. Again reminiscent of early Pink Floyd (Grandchester Meadows). Two zithers played with drumsticks and digital delays, electric guitar with lots of volume knob action.
Zyther Madness - 3 Zithers played percussively with drumsticks.
Age of Jubilation - This one started out with a drum machine, but David added 2 entire drum sets played acoustically and a variety of other percussion. There is also a dirty electric guitar through harmonizer, a distorted Rhodes piano, sampled cowbells and some mixing board feedback. Considering the instrumentation is actually pretty relaxing and psychedelic.
Candy Cane - This is the most rock-sounding piece on the album, with drum machine, two bass guitars, lead guitars and a bunch of murky/spacey Rhodes pianos. The mood is a combination of jubilant and eerie, maintaining its psychedelic roots.
Via Graleve - 3 Hammond organs. Psychedelic, visual, experimental. Reminiscent of some of Rick Wright's keyboard work on Pink Floyd's Ummagumma.
Skyline - Slow and spacey, murky and psychedelic. Zithers played with drumstick, and two tracks of Tubulon (homemade metalophone using electrical conduit piping) through effects and eventually mixing board feedback.
Nirvana - Many many layers of Hammer dulcimer tracks. Deeply spacey. Also sampled Whirlies.
All music composed, produced and engineered by David Barnes.