Thursday, December 7, 2017

March Away: A Brief Review Of The New Album From Tom Rogerson With Brian Eno

The new album from Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno, Finding Shore, is a record full of warm electronic pop of the sort that Eno himself used to routinely crank out. The long-player is out tomorrow via Dead Oceans and it's a fine instrumental release that straddles a line between more austere forms and more accessible ones.

From the bright keyboard-sheen of "Motion in Field" and on to the near-classical "March Away", Rogerson and Eno deliver what sounds like something recorded during the peak years of Eno's flourishing as an instrumentalist in the Eighties. Most of the cuts here are fairly concise, like the simple and affecting "Eastern Stack", however, "Marsh Chorus" unfurls for more than 6 minutes with a deliberate holding back of larger flourishes. And for selections like that that favor subtlety, Rogerson and Eno offer up other tracks that succeed on the strength of Rogerson's precise and contemplative piano-work.

Out tomorrow via Dead Oceans, Finding Shore is a fine record for fans of stuff like Harold Budd and Brian Eno's own early Eighties records. More details on Tom Rogerson via his official Facebook page.

[Photo: Matthew Parri Thomas]