Dolph (David Dolph Montgomery) was born in Indiana during in the 70’s and got in to music in the 4th grade when his parents bought him a violin. It turned out his fingers weren’t coordinated enough to be any good at the violin. Dolph’s father, a Purdue Marching Band alum, suggested that they should trade the violin in at the local music store for a trumpet. 3 valves was a lot easier to pick up on instead of 4 strings and a bow. He spent well over a decade playing the trumpet in the school band, as well as in the church brass choir during his college years.
Eventually Dolph moved from the Midwest out to the East coast where a new job and all of life’s normal hassles got in the way of music. In 2013 the film bug bit and Dolph began making short films in his spare time. This eventually led to leaving work to pursue a video production business, and it was there that he began to make music on his Mac in order to use them in various film projects and spec commercials.
Dolph’s latest project is 16-track electronic album, entitled “The Coffeehouse at the Edge of Heaven”. Dive into Dolph’s labyrinthine worlds within worlds with only music as your guide. You will get lost – and you will love every second of it. This is an extreme musical trip into the unknown. It is typical of cinematic music and plays out like a soundtrack to a film in your mind. The album is epic and full of variety in terms of sound. It shifts from slower numbers to quicker and pacier tracks with fluidity.
Few composers are able to create instrumental music of this kind which when listened to separately from any visuals is as amazing and easily relatable as it would be attached to video or film images. Dolph shows he is one of those composers, as he traverses peak after emotional peak, from the intensely playful opening track “Lunar Light”, the beautifully bass driven “Uploading Gratitude” to the slow-building “Zeppelin” and the surreal “33rd” which leads inexorably to the show-stopping masterpiece that is “Decompression Dream”. Undoubtedly the quality of the entire album is in part attributable to the solid production. But the quality of the depth, emotion and power in the music can also be appreciated from the tracks “Uploading Gratitude”, “Zero Dissidence”, “Glass Jars” and “Good Everywhere”. As we go through the rest of the album, it fluctuates between the intense and the mysterious.
“The Coffeehouse at the Edge of Heaven” is an excellent instrumental album, and Dolph is a man who truly understands his craft. His electronica soundscapes are atmospheric, emotional as well as being rhythmical. This plays like a downtempo Hollywood soundtrack, thematic and full of sublime crescendo and passion. It’s well-thought out, superbly executed musical ecstasy. Put it on and lose yourself in a world of lush instrumental soundscapes, each building to their own chilling conclusions!