Among David Baron’s most fascinating credits as a musician and arranger in the pop world – a list that includes everyone from Lenny Kravitz and Shawn Mendes to The Lumineers and Jade Bird – is the is the wild list of instruments he played on Grammy winning singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor’s debut album Title, which includes his contributions on baritone sax, bass, celesta, clavinet, electric piano, French horn, Hammond organ, piano, strings, synth and tenor sax. His genre transcendent career also includes various albums with independent pop singers (Kevin Kadish, Fiona Glenn, Donna Lewis) and solo piano works.
On his latest instrumental track, the uniquely trippy and engagingly hypnotic “End of One Thing,” the multi-talented artist doesn’t need that arsenal of individual instruments for the simple reason that he creates a fascinating, pulsating and dreamy/atmospheric universe of sounds using mostly synths. From its opening spacey hypnotic motif through more percussive, tonally eclectic and dynamic beeping pulses and on through what sound like ethereal interplanetary shout outs and the fusion of buzzy atmospheric washes and increasingly edgy synth adventures, the track inspires some fascinating contemplation.
What is Baron referring to when he calls this otherworldly, sometimes chaotic, sometimes soothing and surprise-filled piece “End of One Thing”? Perhaps it’s the transition of the physical dimension into a more spiritual realm, or acknowledging the fact that life exists in a flow as constant yet ever shifting and evolving like his music. Whatever his actual inspiration and the life experiences we bring into our individual interpretations, it’s an adventurous journey reflecting synth innovation at its most creative.
"End of One Thing" ” is one of six individually released tracks that are part of myndstream November Flight collection – the second in a series of seasonal collections of tracks handpicked by the label’s Head of A&R and General Manager (and veteran two time Emmy winning artist) Michael Whalen. The first, released in August 2021, was titled Summer Flight.