David Buchs – Transcendence


One of the most fascinating aspects of music is how it gives a glimpse of something outside the material universe, beyond all physical laws. Or at least it feels that way. It is the realm of religion and philosophy. David Buchs’ new single “Transcendence”, the third track on his upcoming EP “Awakening”, seems to open the door to a state where the here and now loses its meaning. It is a transcendental and significant ride you don’t want to miss.

Suffering from burnout after a ten-year church planting experience in Manhattan, David Buchs sought out contemplative Christian practices to help rejuvenate his soul. He began imagining a music he could listen to while sitting in silence and practicing Imaginative Prayer, a Christian contemplative practice. He started creating slow, meditative music with electric guitar, viola, and sampling software. In 2016, he released his first EP, “Visions” – and “Dreams” followed in 2018. In our “Dreams” review, we wrote that: “In Buchs’ music is rare kind of beauty and attention to detail. Just close your eyes, and its artistic quality will manifest itself. That is not just a dream or a vision, but undeniable truth.”

“Transcendence” consists of two parts; the dreamy first part and the second part with Buchs’ cello. The intro gives the impression of floating through an endless space. There is a gentle piano somewhere, playing an ambient melody. It is beautiful and highly meditative. The synths are a bit colder here than on the other pieces on the EP. The idea is to give it an otherworldly feel, and in that, Buchs succeeds.

Then suddenly, a cello appears. It is quite sharp and “surrounded” by a heavy reverb. It fills in on the melody the piano started. It is one of those pieces that could have lasted an hour; time has no meaning here. I found myself putting it on replay, to enjoy again and again the shift between the two parts.

In conclusion: David Buchs’ “Transcendence” is a thought-provoking and powerful single. The way the cello cuts in – depending on how you choose to interpret it – is like an indication that “something” is on the other side, talking back. It describes, to quote Johann Sebastian Bach, a “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” (Awake, the voice is calling us) moment.

“Transcendence” is also a nice build-up to the last track on the EP, “Forgiveness”. Stay tuned for the EP’s heartfelt conclusion!

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