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In December 2017, Tom Rogerson released his debut album Finding Shore (Dead Oceans) to critical acclaim.
A collaboration with musician, producer and ‘Oblique Strategies’ creator Brian Eno, Finding Shore is a record born from a simple construct, Tom improvising at the piano and Brian manipulating those signals with an obscure piece of equipment called the ‘Piano Bar’ that focusses infrared beams on each key. The result is an elegant, expansive record with meditative piano improvisations, looped and cut up chord sequences and Midi and physical sounds in juxtaposition.
Having played jazz piano alongside Reid Anderson (The Bad Plus) in New York, and had a successful career with post-rock group Three Trapped Tigers, improvisation has always had an important and visceral role for Rogerson. In his words, ‘the piano is fairly integrated into my emotional communication’.
‘A meeting of minds that is full of rewarding surprises, challenging and surprising one another, and their listeners, with music that feels alive and wondrous…’ Pitchfork
‘Both mournful and dazzlingly optimistic, a taste of the conflict found so often in nature and reflected so elegantly across the course of the record.’ The Line of Best Fit
‘Elegant and exquisitely drifting, essays like ‘Motion in Field’ feel like bold, modern updates of Eno’s immersive collaborations with Harold Budd’ Mojo Magazine
★★★★ The Financial Times