Earth Warp is comprised of one Tom Byrne living in New York. He has been making music for about 35 years. Sprout Brook is Earth Warp's debut album, it consists of songs that Byrne has been writing over the past couple of years.
It's an interesting mix of indie alt-rock songs. He includes a number of curious samples, some that sound like woodwinds, others that are more ambient and low key in nature. A bit somber, but certainly not without its charms.
Byrne is a self-professed audio geek, he enjoys the process of recording music. For this album he used some of today's usual suspects when it comes to at-home recording. Tools such as Logic Pro X, Sonar, for drums he utilized an Alesis DM8 plugin. As I mentioned before, he included some samples that were a little off the beaten path and I appreciated their presence. The music sounded as though it was intended to be a little rough and reverb ridden. I think he had some good tricks in his pocket. I think he could stand to learn a few more. I am nowhere as learned as Byrne is. It's just that I have heard techniques used by others that I think would work so well with his music. It's an ever changing game of catch up when it comes to DIY recording. There's always more to know. I understand it can be exhausting especially once you're already into a project.
The big underlying theme in Spout Book is all based in earth elements. The album is decidedly one that projects earth tones and moods that shift slowly like slow building geographical events. His voice is one that sounds out of another era. It's a good thing for the most part. His delivery style can be very dramatic when I think going more subtle would actually do the lyrics and music justice. He's got a rich sounding voice which for me doesn't need a whole of extra push to sound good. I must say I really did enjoy the lyrics. They were very abstract and broad, which falls in line with the earthy theme of the album.
Earth Warp digs into its own little world, again mostly somber but there is beauty in Byrne's ability to take his time and comb through each song. At first it may seem like a mundane detail, but the little audio touches he inserted into the music makes such a big impact. This type album is great for a low key sort of listener. Someone who doesn't require a whole ton of bells and whistles but can appreciate something a little off the beaten path of the hustle and bustle.
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