Verian Thomas - Median I
Verian Thomas creates melodic ambient-infused guitar pieces which delight and inspire daydreams. His latest release explores new and modern realms of that very old-fashioned concept--the search for beauty.
The search for beauty involves an endless series of intuitive calculations. The musician seeks out the moments (or seconds) in which beauty appears, even if only its creator recognizes its sleek sheen. Some share the experience that beauty channels fully formed from a deeper place, "manifesting" as a song.
Verian Thomas' Median: I deals with the creation of beauty in a more trackless land. The guitarist plays the guitar without a particular melodic goal or purpose, with the mind wandering. From the edges of the imagination (the curtilage of the "intellectual property"), a glimmer of an idea appears. Verian grasps that idea like an unmet friend, refining the initial thought and building upon it. Layer by layer, melodic idea by melodic idea, addition, discard, re-creation, a song appears. When the song no longer calls out desperately for change, it has achieved its equilibrium. Then the recording begins. Each song is in this small way presented in the median between despair and wild optimism.
Median I is the first of at least three E.P's that sit between the two previous releases Miniatures and Massive, being made up of tracks that are, in length, a median of the short tracks on the former and the long track of the latter. Each track has been recorded on a single guitar (Fender Stratocaster U.S.A) although, unlike previous releases, some percussion is included and a vocal on the final track. The working method has always been to accept first recorded takes and this method applies to the Median E.P's but more time was spent on composition before anything was committed to tape. Hopefully this will be evident when listening.
The final track, 'An Autumnal' includes vocals by Mary Sarah.
About Mary Sarah
Noted as; "a voice of the world," by The Daily Record (NJ/NYC) and as," the voice which opens the heart and sows the seeds of generosity," -- Diane Simard, Publicist (Montreal, QC), Mary Sarah's work swirls around the musical globe. Spanning over fifteen years in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist, Danys Levasseur of Montreal, QC, Sarah has composed works for dance, theatre, soundtrack and produced five CDs. In writing, Sarah feels that whatever needs to flow through her, finds its way. "When we let it," she states, "the voice is an endless channel and vessel, with limitless worlds to express."
Didier Becu, Belgium
Cover Design: NSI
Cover Images: Bobbi Studstill