Laser Eye Records is proud to announce the
debut CD release of "All The Wisdom," by singer/songwriter Scott
Thompson. Scott is a Michigan native with a professional career in
music that dates back to his teens. He has performed throughout the
MidWest in acts that range from jazz to rock to progressive rock. "All
The Wisdom" represents Thompson's experiences as a multi-instrumentalist
in these settings, and also captures his songwriting talents.
The album, somewhere between a
later-career Peter Gabriel record blended with guitar stylings similar
to Dave Matthews, features songs based on personal experiences and
others blended with fiction. Producer John Piasentin comments: "The CD
was a challenge to make in that every song had a completely different
flavor, and a new approach had to be taken with each one individually. I
really think the range of moods represented across the tracks makes for
a very interesting listen - as well as the varied instrumentation used
from track to track."
Thompson's influences are well
represented. For the hardcore progressive rock fanatic, there are
Mellotron sounds, 12-string guitars and Taurus pedals (refer to
"Misguided" for the lush mellotron samples and "Your Name" for the bass
pedals). Subtle nods to groups like Marillion and Spock's Beard are
evident on many tracks - progressive rock flavorings woven within music
with the potential for popular appeal. Each song carries its own set of
hooks, with nothing on the album prone to being forgotten.
The fan of singer/songwriter types like
James Taylor can enjoy "A New Song" - the only solo guitar/vocal piece
on the CD; and "Higher You Fly" - which Scott performs on guitar and
piano, with a colorful cello rounding out the mix. Full band
arrangements blend multiple guitars and keyboards to set the mood for
songs like "After" and "The Wind, The Water and The Woman."
Scott adds: "I used an 'Ebow' for the
first time on 'The Letting Go.' We knew there was a good hook in the
guitar line alone, but the Ebow really set the tone for the piece."
The title track draws many comparisons to
The Indigo Girls - featuring vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar.
Finally, moments in "Close The Door" and "Your Name" round out the
album's "aggressive" edge with blaring guitars and Scott's more
passionate vocal performances.
Masterful percussion was provided by Jeff
Moehle of "The Butterfat Trio" and formerly "Knee Deep Shag" (see
Scott has been busy promoting the CD in
live performances and online. His web site is
www.thompsonmusic.net. A very special CD Release show is scheduled
for Sunday, June 10th at Kraftbrau in Kalamazoo , MI . Work on his
follow-up CD will begin later this year. In addition, Scott has
returned to his band, The Fogotton Sons, which is actively working on a
new live set to be performed at the fifth annual Toxic Bash in St. Clair
Shores, MI this summer - and elsewhere.Click Here to read announcement on Ytsejam.com