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Silver

by Thom Brennan

A story of winter, in eight chapters.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Thom Brennan started creating his soundscapes and rhythmic journeys in the early 1980's, releasing his debut album "Mountains" in 1987.

Inspired by landscapes of the American southwest and Pacific Northwest, his self-produced albums have defined a unique and organic style of sound painting...a colorful and private world of harmonic tapestries.

In addition to a series of solo productions, collaborations with soundworld composer Steve Roach appeared on the CD "Western Spaces", and later the Projekt Records compilation "Amplexus".

Recordings have been released on Rubicon Records (Canada), Phonogram (France), Amplexus / Arya (Italy), Projekt, Fortuna, Space For Music, AtmoWorks, and his own RainGarden Music.


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Skymaster_Belkadi

Transcendental Dreaming in timeless wide-open ancient paleo-environments, ít´s a
Silver is beautiful and it feels like a hypnotic environmental dream of an open-minded artist by eternal mental freedom!
The atmosphere is wide open and deep silent, but with a dynamic and hypnotizin´ feeling! It´s noospheric in meditative timeless environments. This pathless land of spiritual enlightenement is a meditational environment of eternal mental freedom, it´s like a trip to Julian BARBOUR´s Platonia...it´s noospherical! Thom Brennan is truly the Master, he´s the God of forestry mountain paleo-environments...the ancient forests speak to him.
Dreaming in time of past environments! It´s an eternal dream in wide-open mountain archaic paleo-environments of eternal freedom!
Recommend!
Skymaster_Belkadi from the sunny Bonn/Germany

Andy Garibaldi

"Where nothing stands still..."
Well, it may be called 'Silver' but he's certainly struck gold with this one (groannnnnnnn!!!!!!). Seriously, though, for what is an essentially space synths album, there's one heck of a lot of movement within its seventy minutes, sounding fresh, alive and full of the energy of the universe. The title track is a six-part, unbroken suite lasting around fifty three minutes and right from the start, it's a world of sweeping string synths, slowly flowing electronic rivers of richly textured cosmic soundscapes, deep bass synths that resonate and rumble, while, over the top of the core of the track, flickering , twinkling synths make their presence felt across the sonic spectrum. The main body of the eight and a half minute track flows effortlessly forward and if ever you could describe a space synths track as "busy", then this is it, but in a good way, providing so much more than just drifts and drones, and extremely uplifting. The eight and a half minute second part is, if anything, even stronger sounding with a sense of power to its massive sounding space synth spectra, as the river flows and synth layers flow over, above and around one another, the sea of synths providing a hint of rhythm whilst not actually being rhythmic, in other words there's a drive to the music that really makes you feel like you're traveling with it, albeit in the heavens a opposed to earthbound. The sounds are rich but deep, vibrant and yet dreamy, and the sheer construction of it all, a wonder to behold. The seven minute third part still provides a full, expansive and seemingly infinite musical landscape, but here we return to the sound of space music purity as gorgeous layers of richly textured string and space synths all flow slowly across the horizon with grace and passion. The thirteen minute fourth part features more eerie, altogether darker, space synths, complete with extra textures from other-worldly cosmic drifts and soundscapes that really add a new dimension to the soundscapes that are unfolding, at times tranquil, at others, a more organic and huge-sounding ocean of building, developing synth horizons that flow and drift with a strength that I rarely heard in such music. The eleven minute fifth part actually does feature a light, slowly chugging background rhythm around the five minute point, having opened with a myriad space synth layers, as an almost sequencer-like rhythm slowly evolves amid bell-knells, teeth-rattling, rumbling bass synths, gorgeous synth clouds that drift in a blue sky as twinkling and choral synths sparkle all around, the whole combination providing a huge-sounding synthscapes that fills every bit of your space to glorious effect. The suite closes with a four minutes of cosmic sculpting and space drifts that see the thing out in as strong a manner as the track has proved to be, with some beautiful space synths weaving some truly magical patterns. The fourteen minute 'Time' is a wondrous slice of pure space synths magic with deep bass, multi-textured drifts and all sorts of subtle layers and sparkling synths around and inside the heart of the track. Finally, the glorious textures of the space synths track that is the electronic cloud-formation of 'Afterglow', bring the album to the most beautiful of tranquil, strong and languid finales, an album of cosmic music that has been strong, substantial, immaculately arranged and produced, full of ideas, where nothing stands still but everything has a flow to it, and an album of complete consistency from start to finish.

Michael Foster, Ambient Visions


Like the misty looking trees on the cover of Thom Brennan’s latest album Silver, this CD is filled with music that allows the listener to drift into and out of the mist that surrounds these compositions. Thom’s musical environments captivate you with the coolness of mist and creates a lush sound that hugs you like a deep fog on a summer’s morning. At its heart is the deep resonance that forms the foundation of Thom’s music but it is also filled with the sparkle of wings as the synths create several layers of sounds that hover just above the supporting deep tones allowing the listener to float in the currents. This music has purpose though as it takes the listener forward through the ever changing sonic landscape that he has created here and allows you to absorb the palette of sounds that comprise Silver.

There are a total of 8 tracks on Silver with the title song Silver having 6 parts and two other songs rounding out the collection. This CD was composed and performed by Thom Brennan and was recorded at the Raingarden in Seattle around 2003-2004. Silver is a CD that features delicate synths that float on the edge of consciousness and that ebb and flow as the CD progresses from beginning to end. It has a calming effect on the listener as you are drawn into this peaceful terrain that undulates with delicate rhythms, otherworldly sensibilities and subtle sequences. Thom has skillfully crafted the music on Silver to take the listener progressively and deliberately along a path that allows this musical adventure to express its unique character on a sonic landscape that will not soon leave your mind.

The final track of the CD called Afterglow is a somber and deep song that ends this CD on a reflective note. The atmosphere is dense and the deep underlying tones take on more significance as the storytelling comes to a close. Afterglow is most definitely a part of the whole but its somber and brooding nature allow the listener some time to reflect on where they have been and what they have seen along the way. Thom has created a rich and complex soundscape to end this journey and bring the listener back down to earth before the music fades away. Even though this track comes at the very end of the journey it is one of my favorites and I found myself hitting the back button on my CD player to give it a few extra plays during the review process.

Silver is one of those CD’s that you can put on in the background and listen to over and over again without ever reaching the point where it becomes repetitive or tiresome. Thom’s passion for his music is clearly audible in every track and his choices of arrangement are flawless. Thom is a highly talented individual and this professionalism permeates Silver as a whole. From the opening of track one with its light and airy feeling to the dense atmospheric finale on the last track, this CD is one that is well worth having in your collection. Thom once again displays his musical sensibilities for all to see and Silver is the excellent result of this labor. Recommended.

Michael Foster, Ambient Visions


Like the misty looking trees on the cover of Thom Brennan’s latest album Silver, this CD is filled with music that allows the listener to drift into and out of the mist that surrounds these compositions. Thom’s musical environments captivate you with the coolness of mist and creates a lush sound that hugs you like a deep fog on a summer’s morning. At its heart is the deep resonance that forms the foundation of Thom’s music but it is also filled with the sparkle of wings as the synths create several layers of sounds that hover just above the supporting deep tones allowing the listener to float in the currents. This music has purpose though as it takes the listener forward through the ever changing sonic landscape that he has created here and allows you to absorb the palette of sounds that comprise Silver.

There are a total of 8 tracks on Silver with the title song Silver having 6 parts and two other songs rounding out the collection. This CD was composed and performed by Thom Brennan and was recorded at the Raingarden in Seattle around 2003-2004. Silver is a CD that features delicate synths that float on the edge of consciousness and that ebb and flow as the CD progresses from beginning to end. It has a calming effect on the listener as you are drawn into this peaceful terrain that undulates with delicate rhythms, otherworldly sensibilities and subtle sequences. Thom has skillfully crafted the music on Silver to take the listener progressively and deliberately along a path that allows this musical adventure to express its unique character on a sonic landscape that will not soon leave your mind.

The final track of the CD called Afterglow is a somber and deep song that ends this CD on a reflective note. The atmosphere is dense and the deep underlying tones take on more significance as the storytelling comes to a close. Afterglow is most definitely a part of the whole but its somber and brooding nature allow the listener some time to reflect on where they have been and what they have seen along the way. Thom has created a rich and complex soundscape to end this journey and bring the listener back down to earth before the music fades away. Even though this track comes at the very end of the journey it is one of my favorites and I found myself hitting the back button on my CD player to give it a few extra plays during the review process.

Silver is one of those CD’s that you can put on in the background and listen to over and over again without ever reaching the point where it becomes repetitive or tiresome. Thom’s passion for his music is clearly audible in every track and his choices of arrangement are flawless. Thom is a highly talented individual and this professionalism permeates Silver as a whole. From the opening of track one with its light and airy feeling to the dense atmospheric finale on the last track, this CD is one that is well worth having in your collection. Thom once again displays his musical sensibilities for all to see and Silver is the excellent result of this labor. Recommended.

Dorian Hawkmoon

truth
...what a beautiful album!

Morpheus Music

Eight of the most beautiful, dense, evolving ambient beds
Eight of the most beautiful, dense, evolving ambient beds, full of shifting, fluttering depths and scintillating variety. Thom's new album builds confidently on the pure, floating ambience of previous releases, but here the liquid smoothness is constantly shot through with myriad pulses, bells, twinkles and submerged voices like veins through marble...Distant melodies drift in the heady atmosphere and bright sequences ebb, flow and cycle in and out of earshot. An inviting, embracing silky warmth adrift amid a vast shimmering cold. Thom's fans will be spellbound - I think this is one of his most instantly appealing and enjoyable albums. It is certainly among the most readily accessible of ambient music. If you enjoy variety and movement in your ambience, if shorter themed soundworlds appeal to you - then Silver might be just the thing.