|Artist: Thom Brennan|
Album: Beneath Clouds
The Arya label, a division of Amplexus (the Italian label known for its ltd edition 3" CD releases and unique packaging) has recently released |
Beneath Clouds comes beautifully packaged, which is typical of all
Part One is the more perceivably rhythmic of the two parts, focused by complex, somewhat minimal layers of patterns. It asks us not to follow a beat but to search for the pulse, thereby inviting us inside the composition. The patterns start almost immediately at the onset. Brennan keeps the piece interesting by slowly, almost subliminally, adding and removing patterns from the mix while layering slow, breathy melodies and deep pads above the familiar pulse. The overall experience is organic and earthbound.
The beginning of Part Two is spent settling down after the activity of Part One and builds slowly with layers of soft, breathy melody, deep metallic strikes, swirling chimes, buzzes, and finally - an ever evolving struck metal tone pattern. Above this pattern Brennan's
Brennan's music is evocative of place, that place being "an island of the East China Sea" where he spent his youth. It's clear that Thom's music is (at least in part) expressing an attachment to this tropical region from his past.
Although Brennan has been making music since 1980, we've not really seen much in the way of completed solo recordings. Recently there has been
As with many artists in his field, Brennan faces an obstacle in the path of realizing his art: music is his avocation, not vocation. In other words, there's really no money in the kind of esoteric music these artists are making. Therefore, most must have a "day gig" to get by.
I have tremendous respect for those who possess the will to be heard and to get their music out through independent CD releases. People such as
- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END 27 January 1997
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