On Rune, composer and instrumentalist David Helpling creates an absolutely perfect album of pure ambient electric guitar performances for what counts as his eighth official release on Spotted Peccary Music. Building on the work of his previous release A Sea Without MemoryRune is an evolution of Helpling’s ambient guitar explorations (affectionately called Sunday Loops) into a new realm of craft and production, shifting to a deeper focus on composition, phrasing, melody, and emotion.

I was fortunate to be able to collaborate with David on the art for Rune, trading ideas and eventually helping give form and shape to David’s concept to create artwork for both physical CD and digital download release, including CD wallet, CD, mini-poster insert, an iTunes digital booklet and all social media channel graphics.

The layers of detail, order, and space create an immersive, honest and meaningful music that results in so much more than just another ambient guitar offering. The compositions – emotional and cinematic in scale – stand on their own, rewarding the listener with music, melody, a powerful sound, and heartfelt performance that is truly wondrous and magical.


Rune releases on Spotted Peccary Music on November 22, 2019:

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Recorded and mixed by David Helpling at Deep Exile, San Diego, CA
Additional recording and special processing by Steven Schreier at Something Audio, San Diego, CA

Mastered by Howard Givens
Artwork concept by David Helpling
Design by Daniel Pipitone
Photography by Joe Abreu