There are so many different genres of rock music in the world, it’s difficult to keep track some times. That in itself is a great thing, it means a change is happening, an evolution. Music is a display of diversity and unity. It’s a forum in which we can bring our thoughts ideas and skill, put them on the table and say: "this is who I am, this is what I’ve got. Love it or leave it. Love me, don’t judge me."
The spirit and mind of this musician is wonderful, in fact it’s refreshing, seeing musicians stepping up and getting their work out is a delight for me, a man who’s been in the game for years. This guy’s a man from California, America, stepping up to the plate and knocking it out of the park. Ladies and Gentlemen, I bequeath unto you, The Sun Aesthetic.
The album kicks with a soft string section, subtle throw back to Samuel Barber’s 1936 epic, Adagio for strings, but Aesthetic picks it up in an amazing resolution and gives us a quaint vibe, and feel good velocity. It becomes clear quite quickly that he is in fact a percussive artist, the sporadic shuffles move between, ambience and a distinct West African influence, it's moving.
‘Bigger Circles’ gives us a soft rhythmic juxtaposition between vibraphone and piano in a style reminiscent of gamelan and Indian culture, it’s short and sweet, ‘Ghost Clouds’ is not nearly as morbid as its title would suggest, the pentatonic variations are passive, submissive, yet somehow showing you who’s in control. The highlight for me is the stylistic groove of ‘Fracture.’ It’s amazing, bringing a hint of funk to the table and that makes it golden in my eyes.
These are just my favourite selections, the album in its entirety creates a resonant vibration, you experience a sense of joy, a desire to tackle your deepest fears, right the wrongs in the world, and experience the world for its beauty. The fusion of some lesser known world music influences shows this guy’s ability to absorb sound and meld it into one delicious mood.
Thicker Threads pushes the limits, It has a subtle reverberation which you may not even notice, but when it’s gone you feel it. An album for the evenings and the mornings, an experience for rainy days and sunny afternoons, for the playing in the park with your children and loved ones, an uplifting grace for when you’re down. But most of all, it’s a cure for silence. Enjoy.
3. Bigger Circles
4. Under Water
6. Ghost Clouds