Let me just say right off the bat that I love this EP. I love its gorgeous retro 80s synth sounds, the echo, the dissonance, the quirk, the hand claps.
It’s totally Thomas Dolby, A Flock of Seagulls, Ultravox, Soft Cell, Depeche Mode,Yazoo but warmer and definitely more ‘now’. But it has the kind of craft and soul that they had way back when. The production in the 80s was so incredible and had so much heart, even with the heavy electronic vibe and all the effects. This EP has that same kind of heart and honesty.
This guy David Thompson has been around for a while, he’s tried a few musical incarnations. But stuck, as we all are, in his own Covid bubble he decided to use his time wisely, to make something wonderful. And he did. “The Wall” is four songs of human, heartfelt longing, stories wrought from age old themes, familiar yet fresh. The songs are deeply authentic and David Thompson sings with the kind of understanding that only comes from the originator, from the songwriter. He has nuance and spirituality, pathos and passion, and a good deal of drama.
It may have taken David a while to get to this point in his musical career, but it’s always all about the timing for everything, isn’t it? Things happen as they are supposed to and these songs, some of which have been rattling around in David’s brains since high school, needed to marinate for this exact amount of time. They are now fully cooked and ready for the world and so is David….Bravo!! Love this EP!!!!!
Favorite track is “The Wall.” It’s all Georgia Moroda and I love, love, love it. Am I stuck in the 80s I wonder? Would it be so bad if I were???
Musician names/instruments: Howe Pearson plays lead guitar on “The Wall” and “Clair,” all other instruments by David.
Official Website: https://www.davidthompson.band/