"Deep Waters" — The Album

Deep Waters is a collection of a dozen songs that integrate the expressiveness of the acoustic guitar, the lyricism of the piano, the timelessness of the Irish low whistle, the texture of modern synthesizers and samplers, and the grandeur of the symphonic orchestra into a sound that lives at the juncture of new age, classical and world music styles. The songs employ a compositional approach that is rooted in classical or popular music, where each piece has a story to tell and a destination to reach.

The result is music that is always relaxing — occasionally stirring — never boring.

Press the Play button below to preview tracks from the album:

Deep Waters is available for purchase and download at windcrymusic.bandcamp.com. Several of the songs are also available at soundcloud.com/windcrymusic, along with a montage of all songs from the album.

If you haven't been following along on Twitter and (especially) Instagram, you've been missing out on a lot of inside looks at the recording of Deep Waters as it was in progress. But you can still look there now to get a look back at how the album came about.

All of the above links are also available in the new navigation menu, which is found at the right side of each page of this site.

Composed, arranged, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by David Sandberg, from the autumn of 2013 through the spring of 2014.

David performed these songs using acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, mandolin, Irish low whistles, piano, bodhran, synthesizers and samplers.

David plays guitars by C.F. Martin and Paul Reed Smith. David plays whistles by Misha Somerville.

Samples by Spectrasonics, Spitfire Audio, Soundiron, Embertone, Bolder Sounds, East West, Loops de la Crème and Native Instruments were used under license.

Deep Waters has been digitally mastered at 24 bit resolution, and to a level of -15 LUFS (integrated), in accordance with iTunes' Sound Check algorithm, which provides sufficient amplitude to drive mobile devices while maintaining maximum clarity and dynamic range.

About Windcry Music

I spent much of my youth playing other people's songs as lead guitarist of a long list of touring rock bands. In those days all of my energy was spent on making myself a competent guitarist and performer, in the mold of Eddie Van Halen or Randy Rhoads, and I was pretty successful in those efforts … right up until a back injury forced me to give up the road life.

Later on, I spent some years as a composer of original soundtrack music for television and other multimedia clientele under the moniker Mystic Fire Music. My music during this period was almost entirely synthesized, due to my youthful, aggressive guitar playing style not yet being compatible with the newer and more introspective music I had begun to compose, and also due to my lack of access at that time to the facilities and technology that would have allowed me to make high-quality recordings of acoustic instruments.

Finally, I christened Windcry Music in 2006. I envisioned this as an avenue for publishing and distributing my own compositions, that would at last combine all of my influences and abilities and heal the divide between my skills as a guitarist and my skills as a songwriter. Now you are finally able to judge for yourself whether or not I have been successful in doing so.

Thank you for visiting the site, and for exploring Deep Waters!

— David Sandberg