Innovation is nothing new for David Thompson. The Philadelphia artist has organized with Philly Socialists and helped to start both the Philly Tenants Union and Philly Workers for Dignity. Around his work, he creates music that has a pop freshness steeped in synths and catchy melodies.
the wall EP, much like the songs therein, has an uncapitalized edge of minimalism that hides complexity. The titular track most concretely points towards Thompson’s beliefs. He sings, “Landlord try to take my home away / Calls his grandma on the phone / Pretty dog at home. Bosses try to take my freedom / They fund a broken school / Watch their daughters in the pool.” This blend of the everyday routine with the everyday struggle is, in a word, evocative.
“time” has an 8-bit edge to the synths and lives in the off-kilter, with effected vocals describing the feeling of waiting. “this goon cant” takes whatever anxiety that is introduced and pulls it into the spotlight with a juxtaposition of lingering vocals over quick instrumentation. “time” as a concept and mood comes back on the final, frantic track “obsession”. Between, David Thompson finds diversity of sound with help from Howe Pearson’s jangly, folksy guitar on “clair”.
the wall is a short EP, but there is no shortage of meaning, versatility, or emotions here. To hear more from David Thompson, you can find him on his website, SoundCloud, and Facebook page. You can also find him on Twitter for more music and news.[upme view=compact id=10]