I’m going to interrupt my normal stream of shitty poetry and long-winded book reviews for this quick PSA: My good friend Thomas Rakowitz has put out his first album titled The Musings of Balance. To be fair to him, he released his debut album a few months ago, and I meant to do a post then, but…I’m a bad friend, okay?
What you’ll find is a monster hard rock/metal album that’s 100% done by Thomas. He wrote and played EVERYTHING, and he even does all the vocals, both clean and distorted. There are catchy riffs, crazy solos, elements of guttural metal, and songs that will make you want to sing along even if you suck at singing and are in public and I need to stop doing that because I embarrass myself.
Now, this is important to you because almost all of my writing improvs–that shitty poetry I mentioned earlier–are done to Thomas’ music. He tunes, I poem, and at the end the day, I gain a new follower (sometimes).
He’s inspired a lot of work, and his music has been the background of a lot of my editing sessions. Like, a lot a lot. I’ve edited a FULL NOVEL TWICE to his music. So you know, check out his ambient stuff too. It’s super pretty.
I should also mention that he has limited physical copies left, and if you ask nicely, he might sign one before sending. And by might I mean he will because he’s cool like that. Seriously, hit him up on twitter or something as you buy and let him know.
And hell, while I’m here: He’s also working on a video game covers album, all of which can be found on his Soundcloud page. If you like video game music, you should check this out. His rendition of Metroid Prime’s Phendrana Drifts is exceptionally exceptional.