Missouri natives Bob Kitt and Wayne Blinne make up the band Theories Abound. Both men’s history with music expands many genres and crews. Kitt toured and recorded music with metal/hard rock groups, Blue Maxx and Renegade. He currently records music with the progressive rock band Syfaera. Blinne uses his musical talents to compose classical style tunes. They were featured in short films, art exhibits and promotional videos.
Theories Abound specializes in ambient instrumental sounds. Their self-titled debut album Theories Abound heavily uses electric guitars and piano to create atmospheric music and mainly contains ambient beats. However, the album has some clear rock and pop influences. Theories Abound works best for those who need music for meditative moments. Nonetheless, instrumental depth lovers will also be pleased. Though Theories Abound has a lot to admire, one criticism is the lack of sound diversity. Every song feels like one single sound. Shifting tones throughout the tracks could have really taken the album to new harmonious heights.
A couple of the songs on Theories Abound do add sound movements. “Aberration” starts by creating the feeling of walking down a deserted location. As it continues, it adds some jazzy elements. “Unappreciated” gives the open space vibe with its whimsical tunes, which are created by instruments like chimes. It ends with the surprising sound of a train. A few other songs on Theories Abound conclude with nature beats. This really brings the album to a new level of complexity, because of their creation of a mystery with sound-title connection.
Theories Abound deserves respect for their usage of instruments. However hopefully in the future they will take more musical composition risks. Their best tracks contain varying beats, styles and transitions. Smooth, subtle sound changes can really create a dynamic musical experience.
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