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[non-industrial] Electric Moon - Thunderclap
Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz | Detailed or mini-review submissions: song, EP/album | Suggest an artist
Electric Moon - Thunderclap (song review) |self-released, Oleander EP, 2012|

This four piece band was established in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in late 2010 by experienced musicians who have not only played music for a majority of their lifetime, but who are well trained in graphic design and have an understanding of history and world affairs relevant to the decade of war in Iraq. Their debut EP brings four sonically diversified songs with "Thunderclap" ending the tracklist.

“Thunderclap” is an instrumental song - a fusion of many genres ranging from traditional rock, through progressive rock to nostalgic jazz, blues and classical music where accents are laid on the guitars, drums and piano the most. While the first two instruments along with the bass represent the rock connection, the piano makes a traditional approach into this composition.
Various artist such as Queen or Deep Purple are evident influences on this track which is over 6 minutes long. The song is rich in moods, however there's always one solid, rhythmic vibe brought upon by the percussion and individual soloing that stands out to draw the ear. The arrangements seem to be orchestrated since they tactfully repeat.

This is a song which could perfectly illustrate a short movie. “Thunderclap” includes a variety of contrasting elements which solidify it's impact on the listener. Brian Ritchie on bass along with drums by Michael Ryce build solid, non-detachable structures for all parts of this composition. Notable guitar riffs by Jake Gordin recall the styles of Hendrix as they scream and cry in high octaves. Lastly, Stuart Parker utilizes piano pirouettes like a ballet dancer on top of them all.
When it comes to the arrangements, silence plays an important part in this composition as well since it has been an extremely meaningful element for music through the centuries. Classical music is a prime example of how silence can craft moods and underline specific moments a listener should focus on.

These four musicians definitely know how to score professional music and should feel proud of their skills. "Thunderclap" is a song recommended to fans of classic and progressive rock who additionally look beyond these genres.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Magazine, July 23th, 2012. Proofreading: Scott M. Owens)

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