Thursday, November 09, 2017

The 1 Hundred :: Fred Thomas - Kuma

Fred Thomas - Kuma (Ernest Jenning Record Co, 2012) // Used Vinyl

If the title of Fred Thomas' seventh solo record hints at Neil Young's Zuma that's not a full on coincidence... though it is also the name of his dog. Thomas has fronted bands like City Center and Saturday Looks Good To Me as well as playing in a handful of other semi-obscure indie folk outfits, but this album definitely carries the echo of the 70s into present day. Both bleary and ornate in its mood and casually complicated instrumentation, Kuma imagines an early Neil that is a little more articulate and fragile, but just as certain about the beauty and ugliness in the world.


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