There is a lot of variety to be found on Singalongs (Thomas Paul Music, 2016), the newest album from Boise musical renaissance man Thomas Paul, but if you're looking for a blanket description it would be "dreamy soundscapes."
Entirely instrumental, the 10 tracks on Singalongs range from the meditative to the unabashedly cinematic. "Intense Scene For Stanley Kubrick To Direct" achieves its cinematic goal, building momentum from a mellow but insistent bass line that supports a melange of noodly electric guitar and fluttering flute riffs. By the time the song ends with a cymbal crash, it's surprising just how intense the "scene" had gotten. "Game On" skips with a tick-tock cadence that evokes a sunny afternoon walk before picking up the pace for a triumphant series of scales that crash away in cymbals. The song resolves with ghostly voices talking about recording at The Modern—presumably a reference to the fact that Singalongs was, in fact, recorded between 5 and 10 p.m., May 7, 2015 in Room No. 242 of the Modern Art show. Other standouts are "Look!"—a simmering tone poem that features atmospheric violin work—and "Thrift Store Noir," with the ominous, sax-driven vibe of its eponymous genre.
Join Paul for an in-store appearance at Record Exchange Thursday, May 5 to celebrate the release of Singalongs.