Dans le Sable is the first new album in over 40 years by composer, pianist, and digital audio pioneer Loren Rush (b. 1935). A surreal opera scene. A narrator dwells on the significance of passing time. A soprano sings Barbarina’s cabaletta from Figaro, which describes her distraught search in the sand for a lost pin. The chamber orchestra—mostly solo instruments—plays soft, half-forgotten tunes reminiscent of the Parisian music hall. It speaks directly to that thing behind the mind—the point where it connects with the soul. Melancholy phrases are deconstructed and stretched in different retellings, invoking a harmonic fog. Among the most gorgeous records I have heard. A project 7+ years in the making.