Morpheus Music Reviews
First impressions of this new release from the prolific genre-defying Robert Scott Thompson are of great beauty. Each track seems to pull at the heart, evoking a deep, wistful melancholy whilst at the same time holding out a new-dawn-like brightness and optimism. There is a fresh, airy tone of wonder that permeates much of the album - very uplifting, very tranquil. These are very subtly structured compositions, their meandering, organic natures almost giving the impression that many of the melodies have arisen naturally. Yet there is much melody: rambling bells and chimes; smooth, heaving synths; burbling, twinkling electronica and effected piano; plucked and bowed strings with an oriental feel; keening wind instruments. There is a great breadth of percussive material: lush global drums and metallics, shakers and spills; a few of the tracks even feature some rather cerebral beats - light, hypnotic break beats hinting at drum and bass rhythmical forms. In fact, the array of supporting sounds on this album is astounding - Thompson's finesse as a sonic sculptor demonstrated both by his ability to create and bend musical sources as well as by his elegant application of the results. Classically graceful, highly evocatory and most professional.
I am only in possession of the digital version of this release and so have only the front cover art work as seen above. The cross-influence of art work and music is really effective here: the blue sky clarity and freshness; the hard-to-identify exotic imagery; the looming shadows sending the listener to the artwork and back again, each influencing perception of the other nicely.
Robert Scott Thompson has produced a wealth of highly individual releases since his Aucourant origins in the early 1990s. With an array of formal qualifications and awards to his credit, the degree of professionalism and the technical quality of his output is beyond question. Yet as Morning of the World exemplifies so well, Thompson is by no means a 'technical' composer/performer, his music is very moving, always inventive and exploratory, and particularly difficult to pigeon-hole. The twelve tracks of this release range from just under three minutes to just over fourteen and hang together masterfully as a consistent sensory journey. Explore Morning of the World at Robert's Bandcamp page or watch the Aucourant site for more information.