Tom Middleton – Lifetracks

Probably my favorite music artist for the past few years, Tom Middleton (homepage, wikipedia, discogs, forum, myspace) has a new solo album out called Lifetracks. Middleton is doing the album release party on Oct. 18th at London’s The Big Chill House with a backup band including Tom Szirtes of Shur-i-kan and the boys from The Bays (homepage, wikipedia.) I don’t wish I lived in London (food is better and rent is cheaper in Tokyo) but I do wish I could go to this event.

juno records has Lifetracks for download but I’m going to get the Japanese Music Mine release which has an extra disc.

Middleton says:

Eno, Vangelis and Tomita are big inspirations, but you’ll pick up references to romantic impressionist and soundtrack composers; Ravel, Debussy, Satie, Vaughn Williams and Steve Reich to Ennio Morricone, John Barry, Thomas Newman, John Williams and Craig Armstrong for example. In the same breath I’d name check the likes of electronica producers The Boards Of Canada, Black Dog, Zero 7, Air, Massive Attack and The Orb. Additionally the music is fused with the melody and emotion of Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, U2, The Police and Prince. Classical, Electronica, Jazz and Pop, all clues to my musical personality and those apparent subconscious influences.

Lifetracks is…

‘..a soundtrack for real and imagined personal movies, timeless’

Pete Lawrence ­ Big Chill Co-founder

‘Mesmeric, haunting & beautiful’

The NME 7/10

‘The Master of chill goes back to his ambient roots’

Mixmag 4/5′

‘..a unique atmosphere of optimism and melodic simplicity that shuns pretentiousness in favour of heart-tugging beauty’

DJ Magazine

‘a stress busting, lovingly crafted listen’

M8 Magazine

‘a vast cinematic score for a film with lots of sex in it’

Boyz Magazine

‘a logical progression from Tom and Mark Pritchards seminal Global Communication work’

One Week To Live