Fred Thomas: Dream Erosion (Synthesizer Songs) (Life Like, 2020)

December 2, 2020 at 8:22 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Fred Thomas: Dream Erosion (Synthesizer Songs)

Fred Thomas’ gorgeous new solo album under his own name is surprisingly not one of his singer-songwriter releases, but an instrumental album focusing on synth-based pieces. It’s not quite an ambient album, since “Non-Romantic Light Rail Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony” has drums, and ends up being closer to mellower Hydropark. “Backstroke” has pretty melodies damaged by tape effects and splattery effects that sound like fireworks, and “Sonar” is mostly peaceful and kind of melancholy, with a few moments where it smudges or otherwise seems slightly interrupted. Other pieces like “Kitchen” reach out to the stars, and some absolutely glimmer, including one actually called “Glimmer”. After the more rhythmic “Emphasis Reduction Training Manual” drifts away, the album ends with “That Summer”, a sweet lullaby with vibraphone by Mary Fraser.

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