Dublin-based singer songwriter Dave Thomas is the core member of Square Revolution, a musical project that ventures through electronic and acoustic instrumentation in both solo and full-band songs on his self-titled album Square Revolution.
The first song on the release “Pattern” features a droning synthesizer creating an ambient backdrop for Thomas’ soft and minimalist vocals. Thomas shows great patience in this specimen of songwriting, as he is content with letting chords and harmonies reverberate and build upon themselves without rushing to the next line or note. Eventually, a strict beat brings order to the free-flowing form, but the song maintains a carefree aura throughout.
“Baby Blue Tears” employs acoustic guitars and blends it with electric guitars and synthesized drums to generate a truly unique sound, overlayed by Thomas’ hovering vocals.
This song is very catchy and danceable, and provides a stark contrast with the next song “Always Say Goodbye” a downtempo, lyrically driven R&B-esque ballad. Creative use of static and reverb make for an enjoyable listen.
Rich, full strings begin “Quartet” with a beautiful cascade and are joined by Thomas’ guitar, and occasionally by his vocals, in this mostly instrumental track. Various musical techniques, such as delicate fingerpicking and unconventional chord structures, bring life to this extremely soothing piece.
The album ends with “A Bridge” which echoes themes from the first song of the record in its approach to quiet and slow droning instruments and soft vocals. The tune gradually builds, and then falls into silence as the curtain falls on Square Revolution. The outright talent evident in this release speaks to the skills and innovative spirit that Dave Thomas brings to his music.
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