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Alex Twomey – The Entertainer LP

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The Entertainer is Alex Twomey’s first album since 2012.  Many have been waiting and, finally, here we are!  During the silence, Twomey’s keyboard work has germinated into a more framed compositional structure, beaming with orchestral strings, woodwinds, and brass.  Eleven cinematic settings and bouncing refrains mark this LP.  Alex describes the album as, “vignettes alluding to a vague narrative regarding one’s idea as an artist.”  A somber beauty is penned.

Alex previously recorded as Mirror to Mirror, and operated the record label Jugular Forest from 2004-2012.  I first met him in 2010 during a large concert in Santa Cruz, CA.  Alongside Twomey, myself, Kyle Parker (Infinite Body), Matthew Sullivan (Earn), Pedestrian Deposit, Mike Pollard, and Peter Friel performed that night.  Alex’s performance was a thick ocean of chords, a penetrating grace that I can still recall.  Everyone has since bloomed from the ambient roots of that time in their own way.  Alex has held onto utilizing the keyboard, albeit as a tool to build a larger musical world.  A legend to the map.

On this album the melodies dance as twinkling bulbs along a retired parade float.  A dark comedy, a tragic smile.  Love found in the rough of it all.  Twomey is currently studying composition at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Sean McCann, April 2019

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