BYO Tracks: Tom Day - Without Words
Tom Day makes music to stare out of windows to.
You might be on a bus, blankly watching rivulets of rain track and spatter down the glass, or in bed, gazing at dusklit clouds through a skylight. You might be watching oceans move behind the webs of ice that have grown across a plane window, or catching flashes of blurred light and sound from the backseat of the cab home. Pick your favourite introspective cliché. Tom Day’s music will make it better.
The latest EP from the Melbourne-based PhD student is no exception. Without Words, released this week, is an unhurried twenty minutes of soft, autumnal atmosphere. As Tom put it when he spoke to Backyard Opera, “The EP itself represents my interpretation of autumn and winter in Melbourne. The tracks represent not just the melancholy of the colder days, but also the beauty that comes with the fresh mornings.”
The EP’s opening tune, Trapped, is layered over the sounds of brewing thunderstorms and children’s laughter. Rich synths brim over gentle heartbeat thumps, and perfectly set the tone for the rest of the EP.
“The main progression and mood of Trapped was written in a day. I sometimes get anxious about certain situations and, at times, it leaves me feeling stuck. I guess these feelings overflowed into the track.”
Save this EP for a rainy day, or whenever you just need a quiet moment. It’s lovely.
By Jake Ausburn