The Four Immeasurable Minds by David Karsten Daniels, released 07 October 2014 1. I. Love 2. II. Equanimity 3. III. Joy 4. IV. Compassion The Four Immeasurable Minds is the newest release and seventh full length from Dallas, Texas based songwriter/composer David Karsten Daniels. Daniels takes each of these virtues-Love, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity-as a title for one of the album’s four tracks. An antidote to negative mental states in an increasingly busy and anxious modern world, the album presents itself as a collection of droning guitars, endlessly looping church organs, wordless vocals and wooden flutes that coalesce and detach over the album’s near 40 minutes. Guitar parts offer themselves again in mirror image, and the album can be experienced in one sitting or on repeat, as a loop.
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Previous records by David Karsten Daniels have seen him deal with ageing, dying, death, jazz orchestras and flaming car crashes. His work, a quiet mass of what he himself has termed "sad bastard music", has formed a hugely loveable tapestry of human sadness of a distinctly devotional kind . So with The Four Immeasurable Minds' a four-'song' ambient epic based on four 'sublime attitudes' espoused by Buddhist teaching, it's a case of same shit, different doctrine. Or, as one of the tags on his SoundCloud page will have it, "heavy metal yoga music".