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THOMAS, ROBERT EARL

ANOTHER AGE (CAPTURED TRACKS)

THOMAS, ROBERT EARL - ANOTHER AGE 121271
Format:
1 LPD
Release:
16.02.2018
Label:
CAPTURED TRACKS
Kat.-Nr.:
121271
Barcode:
0817949014186
Als Tadd Mullinix vor 20 Jahren damit begann, als DABRYE Hip Hop zu machen, erschloss sich ihm sehr schnell eine Vision dessen, was das Genre sein könnte: ausgeklügelt, raffiniert und wagemutig.

Dieser Vision näherte er sich auf den zwei Alben ,One/Three" (2001) und ,Two/Three" (2006) für Ghostly International mit Nachdruck an: Mit jedem Album positionierte sich der eher ruhige Produzent aus Michigan als einer der besten seiner Generation, der sich genauso wohl damit fühlte, minimalistische instrumentale Stücke zu erschaffen wie auch schärfste Raps abzufeuern.

Zum Ende des Jahrzehnts, nach Lob und Anerkennung von Kritikern, Vorbildern und Zeitgenossen (darunter der inzwischen verstorbene JAY DEE, mit dem Mullinix kurz vor seinem Tod von kollaborierte), legte er DABRYE auf Eis, um sich anderen Genres und Ideen zu widmen.

Jetzt aber ist wieder alles anders, denn DABRYE läutet mit ,Three/Three" seine Rückkehr ein: Ein rasiermesserscharfes Rap Album, das eine prophetische Trilogie beschließt.

Mit dabei ist die Indie Rap Legende DOOM, der WU TANG CLAN Geschichtenerzählter GHOSTFACE KILLAH, der Wortakrobat JONWAYNE aus L.A.

und der Long Island Surrealist ROC MARCIANO. Am wichtigsten ist jedoch, dass ,Three/Three" exakt wie sein Vorgänger ohne jegliche Zurückhaltung das Talent aus der Area um Detroit feiert: GUILTY SIMPSON, PHAT KAT, KADENCE, QUELLE CHRIS, DANNY BROWN, SHIGETO, CLEAR SOUL FORCES viele andere sind bei DABRYEs Rückkehr an Bord.

[ENG] There are a million songs dressed in white t-shirts and American denim, songs that drift through open spaces in some busted sedan, over lost highways that become tributaries to eventual static, crawling traffic and stifling density.

There are a million more songs about being wild and green in the cities and outside them: a song about love for every person on this earth.

Another Age, the debut album from Robert Earl Thomas, avoids inhabiting these clichés even as it embraces their personal influence: this is an album about small moments with big emotional footprints, told humbly and honestly.

Thomas is not new to making records. A founding member of Brooklyn-based indie outfit Widowspeak, he's previously lent his talents as a lead guitarist to that band as well as the experimental pop group Vensaire.

He began writing and home-recording songs two years ago, gradually and purposefully in moments of solitude between tours, between stints working in a Seattle woodshop and at a hotel in the Catskills, and during weeks couch-surfing back and forth across Brooklyn.

For Another Age, Thomas combined these intricately layered demos with tracks from a two-week studio session in the winter of 2016 at Marcata Recording in New Paltz, NY with producer Kevin McMahon (Swans, Real Estate, Widowspeak).

It's a debut that plays the part without succumbing to it, more pastel romantic comedy than sepia historic drama.

There are stylistic nods to Springsteen and Dire Straits, Arthur Russell's more folk-leaning output, the various collaborations of Tom Petty & Jeff Lynne.

But Thomas seems intent on conveying his specific take on these things over emulating them; you get the impression that he's just as inspired by karaoke renditions of "I'm On Fire" or "Romeo and Juliet" as he is by the originals.

And the stories he tells are full of intimate moments and observations: a walk home from a lover's apartment, a long night drive back upstate, a quiet Wednesday morning existential crisis; musings as to the significance of a Winona Ryder portrait on the wall of a stranger's bedroom; the sense of discovery that comes with being young in a city with a new person, and the sense of loss when that novelty is gone.

Another Age is indoor music at its most expansive, rock and roll held at arm's length.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. ANOTHER AGE
  • 1.2. I REMEMBER
  • 1.3. CRYIN'
  • 1.4. THE WEATHER
  • 1.5. WEDNESDAY MORNING
  • 1.6. WINONA FOREVER
  • 1.7. MY FAULT
  • 1.8. WHAT AM I GONNA DO
  • 1.9. WORD OF MOUTH