Review: Thompson Crowley – In Tongues EP

When I loaded Thompson Crowley’s In Tongues EP into iTunes, I got a message that said “Unknown Genre.”

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Fair enough, I suppose, as Crowley’s music defies easy categorization the same way most great recordings do. One of the big touchstones I’m hearing is The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, itself an album that’s difficult to fit into an obvious genre, but I’m also hearing hints of Bowie — particularly in some of the vocals — a pinch of Led Zeppelin and Robert Plant’s Eastern influences, and something approaching Harry Nilsson and Jens Lekman. I even picked up some Smiley-Smile era Beach Boys in a couple of places. Yet even as the EP drifts almost dreamily between rock, pop, folk, and world music, it hangs together beautifully as a coherent whole — clearly a labor of love recorded less as an exercise in pleasing the masses than as a heartfelt and skillful artistic statement.

Garden Variety

Quick note to say that my debut EP* Garden Variety is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and Amazon. You can even listen to it on YouTube if you like! And, of course, there’s always Bandcamp, where you can download all five songs for the low, low price of one dollar!

*Extended Play recording. A little longer than a single, a little shorter than an album.

“West Philly Bedroom” by M. Zapatero

Here’s the latest Zapatero track. It’s a little different from the others. A little more rock, a little less electronic. But there’s still a nice synth break in the middle.

In any case, I’m charging $1 for it, but if that’s too rich for your blood, just drop me a line, and I’ll send you a code you can use to download the track for free.