I was first
introduced to the music of Thom Brennan
through his eighties album, “Mountains”,
and also his two track work with Steve Roach on the classic album “Western
Spaces”. He then seemed to
vanish from the scene for a while and I often wondered what had
happened to him and his music, as his rather unique blend of rhythmic
and meditational synthesizer music was quite original and
enthralling. For example a lot of people considered “Mountains”
a true classic in its field, of which Steve Roach played a major
part in its production.
Thom has finally made a comeback,
and with the help of MP-3 and the Internet we are able to appreciate
his music once again. Thom has re-issued “Mountains”
and other older works on the MP-3 format of making compact discs,
which has helped many musicians reach a wide audience through new
technology, and more conveniently priced disc production. “Mist”
is his first new music for six years and is the first compact disc
of a two-piece set, the other being “Secret
Faith of Salamanders” which is
also soon to be released.
These cds are inspired by
Thom’s continuing appreciation of the beauty and majesty of the
Olympic Rainforests of Western Washington.
The music on “Mist”
is of a floating drifting nature. There are no rhythmic elements
involved in the music at all.
Titles such as “Cedars
Stand Against the Rain” and “Raingardens”
manage to entice the listener into a cocoon of ethereal almost
subliminal ambience. The four tracks melt into each other very easily
and one can imagine walking through the rainforest during an early
morning walk while the forest breathes and the dampness of the forest
is felt underfoot.
This is a strong release. In some
reminds me of the long form releases by Steve
Roach and like those releases it
could be played in the infinite playback mode to really fully absorb
this most entrancing of releases.
Six years is a long time between
releases but it is evident that the wait has been worthwhile.
Reviewed for Ambient Visions
by Gary Andrews