Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Thad Kopec - The Ridge - 2015


I’ve always been impressed with Thad Kopec’s musicality.  The layers and atmospheres are consistently lush, woven and blended to create a delicate experience.  The instrumentation is even richer and more cinematic here, with sweeping orchestral arrangements and tender acoustic moments.  Influences are drawn from modern and past singer-songwriters, but Thad has carved out his own niche.  No one will accuse him of sounding too much like the others in this subgenre.

Thad’s vocals have improved since his debut Heart of Man, but his lyrics have become more hard-to-follow in this process.  While his first two releases were fairly straight-forward in their ideas, The Ridge and preceding single “You Will Know Who I Am” have been more obscure.  This will be a turn-off for some, but there is still depth to the imagery used in the songs.  Thad’s previous work leads me to believe that the lyrics are very intentional, so I am willing to take the time to explore these lyrics; and, personally, this additional effort makes the thematic discoveries much more satisfying. wearemirrors

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