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Daniel Ash (Courtesy photo)
Daniel Ash is not a musical genius, but he might be the next best thing: a journeyman with a keen sense of artistic inquisitiveness. Instead of letting his talent stagnate, Ash continues to not only stir his creative brew but add new elixirs to the mix.

Ash's career started with the underground early-Goth favorite, Bauhaus, named after the German architectural movement of the 1920s. Like the movement, Bauhaus based its aesthetic on sparseness, creating ambient, groove-based music with dark emotional underpinnings. Their 1979 cult classic, "Bela Lugosi is Dead," is indicative of the Bauhaus sound. The band later evolved, minus lead singer Peter

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Murphy, into Love and Rockets, and the music became more radio friendly and danceable. By the late '90s, many Love and Rockets tracks could almost be categorized as techno.

Ash's latest, self-titled solo album is another foray into the world of electronica. Most of the songs are in the same vein as those on 2000's Burning Man EP: computer heavy, beat-driven electronic grooves. His near-verbatim rendition of the the '60s chestnut, by the Classics IV, "Spooky," is one of the few moments on the album where Ash falls back into a more guitar-oriented sound.

Whether you view Ash as a Goth pioneer, '80s alt-pop figurehead or hedonistic, contemporary dance-music guru, Ash has a deep, diverse reservoir of material from which to draw. And you get the sense that his musical explorations haven't ended yet. •

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