Monday, March 24, 2014

Thomas Brunkard Produces a Dynamic and Visual Feast Through A Never Ending Album

Close your eyes and turn on the music that Thomas Brunkard has created, and you are going to be completely blown away. The opening of “1967” gives you a visualization of classic cinema, with guitarwork that is airy and poignant. From there, you are treated to a cinema-scale of sounds that are just incredible. Upon listening, you will be moving through time and space, literature, cinema, history, and so much more.

The transitions are nice, differentiating each soundscape with a new presence. I could easily put some of these songs into my favorite books. For instance “Chain Gang Blues” immediately gave me that same feeling I received when I read “Deadwood” by Pete Dexter. It’s this transformative relationship that you get form the music to the thoughts you have in your mind that really make this a compelling listen.

Brunkard is not satisfied with giving the audience just 1 genre, or one example of work, he pulls everything out of the instrument room and makes it stunning, beautiful and moving through feelings, and emotions. If you don’t close your eyes, you may very well be tempted to do so as you listen because it is a transformation that happens through the use of instrumentals here. There’s so much going on in just the way things are layered, and played, something that you don’t get with a majority of the music you hear today.

“Sad Paven in C Minor”, “Mulligan’s Pyre”, and “Monday Morning Blues” are favorites just at first listen, but you’ll find that as you get closer and closer to the end, you will have lived through several lifetimes of emotions. Sadness, happiness, reflection, and so much more is what you get with this compilation of music. I’m impressed, as it is something just breath taking. Why this isn’t more popular is beyond me, and that’s my honest opinion. It’s finely tuned, well crafted, and stunning in the way it all flows to tell a story, your story, the artist’s story, and so much more. This is what epic cinema and literature needs, a soundtrack like this. It’s influence resonates so deep, you have to listen to it, you just have to. You can listen to the music from Thomas Brunkard through soundcloud here, it’s incredible.

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