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Johnson, James / Robert Scott Thompson
Forgotten Places

Johnson, James / Robert Scott Thompson: Forgotten Places (Zero Music)
Label: Zero Music    
Released in: Canada    

"Deep, expansive tones reverberate soothingly throughout the ten tracks that comprise this very pretty work. Sparse piano echoes across air, clinging to delicate drones and light, flowing synthesizers. As on past works by Johnson, unmistakable references to Budd and Eno abound without being derivative. Robert Scott Thompson is almost too perfect a partner, as their similar styles meld so seamlessly that I would not hazard a guess as to who plays what besides Johnson's beautiful piano. The rich atmospheric sounds and textures permeating the disc are representative of past work by both artists. For example, I could picture "Resonant Landscape" as a lost track from either Johnson's Surrender or Unity CDs, or Thompson's The Silent Shore. The music is precariously yet perfectly balanced at a midpoint between bright and sad. It could be music to languish in at nighttime, or to relish in the early morning hours. The experiences would be totally different but the effect would be equally pleasant. Some pieces do lend themselves more to one mood or time than another. "Innocence Lost" and "Malay" definitely lean toward the melancholy, whereas "Low & Clear" has a lighter character to it, and is distinguishable as the only track without piano. Light or dark, a thoroughly relaxing and luxurious feel is maintained throughout."-Phil Derby, Sequences Magazine UK

Robert Scott Thompson is a Ph.D. professor of music and acoustic researcher at Georgia State School of Music, and has released a handful of albums reflecting a variety of styles on his own Aucourant Records.

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Product Information:

Label: Zero Music
Catalog ID: ZM92101
Squidco Product Code: 6676

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2001
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray

James Johnson

Robert Scott Thompson

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Track Listing:

1. A Slow Return

2. Resonant Landscape

3. Stolen Moment

4. Then & Now

5. Innocence Lost

6. Mineola Bay

7. Low & Clear

8. Malay

9. Luminous

10. Endl