David Thompson: The Wall
(Independent / 24 September 2020)
The Wall is the second solo release from electropop composer and musician David Thompson. The music is infused with the flavour of classic 90s pop, but with a thoroughly modern gloss and technical superiority.
He takes a multi-layered approach to composition. According to the media notes: The titular "wall" cribs a melody from Gershwin 🙄 and a keyboard part from the theme of Cheers, and builds its chorus around the final organ cadence of Herbert Howells' Anglican anthem "Like as the Hart."
Thompson has a nice flair for incorporating electronic sounds seamlessly into a track. The songs are full of changes that keep them interesting. this goon is atmospheric and moody, with a dark kind of groove.
obsession is a standout track, with an irresistible kinetic energy that should fill the dance floor.
Packed with earworm hooks, the EP has a lot of replay value.
Personnel: Howe Pearson plays lead guitar on 'the wall' and 'clair', all other instruments by David Thompson.
1) time; 2) the wall; 3) this goon cant; 4) clair; 5) obsession