Written by Lauren Rosier
Philadelphia-based musician, David Thompson, shares his latest EP, The Wall, out now. The 5-song set features a mix of melodic, intricate, beats paired with dark lyrics.
The EP opens with the song, “Time,” an eccentric, synth-heavy track that reminds me of a song straight out of the ’80s. The various tones of heavy synth-laded notes, which give it this dimensional feeling. Though it was recorded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it ironically documents how people spend their ‘time’ now that we are stuck in this quarantine. The thought of isolating and quarantining takes on new meaning in this era of social-distancing, strict hand-washing, and the differences of a normal work schedule, which could include the insanity-inducing remote work for some individuals, while others are stuck with longer hours delivering, stocking, selling, or caretaking for others.
The title track on the EP, “The Wall,” is a synth-filled, more radio-friendly, upbeat song, that stands out from the set. The following track, “This Goon Can’t,” is probably my favorite song on the EP. It’s another synth-dri
ven track, but the vocals are raw, emotional, and inspiring. This track reminds me of the artist, Psychic Babble.
“Clair” is psychedelic and reminds me of a song from the ’60s and ’70s. This is another favorite.
After recording time as a member of the indie trio, Big Tusk, in 2012-2014, Thompson went on to organize with other tenants and workers to start the Philly Tenants Union and Philly Workers For Dignity. On any given Sunday, you could find Thompson at St. Clement’s Church as a member of the choir singing hymns and choral anthems to a small group of parishioners.
The Wall is Thompson‘s second official release as a solo artist. The very first release was 2017’s “Into The Night (2017 Version).” Thompson then assembled “a crack performance” group bringing together his talents with Mel Hsu, Jess Best, and Big Tusk alum Sam Long and Eric Sherman, cousin Bobby Davidson, Keith McMillan, and Eliza Edens. His band was then called the David Thompson & the Nasty Star Hermit Band.
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