Tonal Davidson

Posted: September 1, 2014 in Releases
Signposts (TRI 25)


Available as CD or download

This is the follow up to ‘The Extra Traveller’ album from 2011, containing 12 new spoken word pieces. Plus a bonus poem in the middle of the booklet!

The mundane & the metaphysical are dealt with here, as usual: From Womb to Words to Worms sets the scene & ends with Nobody. In between there is a humorous anti UKIP ‘rant’, a piece dedicated to the old ways in Analogue is Holy & a frightening soundscape called Touching Time & a beautiful one in Vibrations.

The human condition is dealt with in Making Up Plans for World Domination & The Four Billion Year Burial. Also the anti consumerist Going Against The Grain/Made It? is a piece about the frustrations of peer group pressure. The piece Elitism For All tells it like it should have been & there is aching melancholia in Some Days Should Last Forever.
There is lots of variation in the mood, with words & music complimenting.

Musically this collection is less reliant on Tonal’s synth as he switches to guitar. Usual musical partner Howard Jacques is on percussion, bamboo flutes & provides synth for some of the pieces. A highlight is the the excellent sax playing of Eugene Bezodis who colours in the spaces with feeling. There is a radical but listenable quality to all his parts. An organic presence pervades.

Overall the musical input is more listener friendly & approachable than Extra Traveller, complimenting the texts better than ever. Tonal reckons it’s amongst his best efforts, ever!

cover design by Ralph Beckford

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