Modern-Rock Artist, Marty Thompson, traveled to the Bavarian Alps to write his latest album, ‘Romantic Stories’, which was curated on a pink ukulele. It is that very fact that insinuates the romanticism, depth and soul that is bound to be laced within this musical retreat. Here’s our track-by-track thoughts.
Kicking off with the first track, “A Thud”, Marty creates the instrumental impression of a night out on New Orleans streets and swiftly shifts into an inquisitive lyrical investigation into the mind of the apple of his eye. The second track, “Devil’s Bridge”, initially carries a fuzzy Modern-Rock feel which jumps right into a lyrical portrayal of his experience passing through dark chapters of life and coming out back into the light on the other side. “Face Of God We Climb” is the third track that lyrically metaphorically compares Marty’s belief in his higher power to the natural world and how the elements carry pieces of heaven on earth. The fourth track, “In The Monk’s Garden”, kicks up the pace as instrumentals mimic Rush in their ‘Moving Pictures’ days as lyrics that speak of diving into realms of truth within silence are rich in wisdom.
“Anymore” is the fifth track that is full of Jazzy instrumentals that lead into a portrayal of Marty’s vocal abilities that are expansive and able to tackle a wide spectrum of notes. The sixth track, “Wünderweg”, begins with a tranquil instrumental that shifts into explosive guitar-playing that merges fluidly with the variety of instruments that are being played throughout the song. “Maxhütte Trail” is the seventh track that is full of positive summer energy as Marty lyrically speaks of his experience of taking new trails throughout his life and not carrying any fear along the way. The ninth and title track, “Romantic Stories”, showcases Marty’s insightful and rich songwriting capabilities that are poetic and full of metaphorical jewels that lead listeners inward. Closing out with “Lamplight Over Prague”, Marty ends from a space of openness and vulnerability as he lyrically lets his current state of mind and troubles spill forward.
Marty Thompson is a multi-talented musician who creates music with the intention to find clarity and deeper understanding of his life experience. If you’re a fan of a variety of fellow musicians such as Widespread Panic, R.E.M. and Phish, then listen to ‘Romantic Stories’ on Spotify and support the ride ahead for Marty Thompson on Soundcloud.
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