On Eagle Mountain by Todd Mosby
I chose to review this album for two reasons. Firstly because I love it. Secondly because while I was in transit from Sydney to LA I watched an awesome movie called Eddie the Eagle – which I also loved and I felt the eagle reference was a sign of semantics to write about Todd’s really stunning guitar album titled On Eagle Mountain.
Produced by the team at Imaginary Road Studios (Will Ackerman & Tom Eaton) this album couldn’t miss. Not just because of the great people and production but because Todd has his own unique defining style that sets him apart.
As I listen I feel transported to another place, but more than that, I’m drawn into Todd’s world, a clever and well constructed world where I can choose to stay on the surface and listen to his music in an ambient way, or I can concentrate and find depth way beyond the definition of ‘ambient’. A wonderful combination and most artists cannot achieve both attributes at the same time. I believe it takes a sense of trust in the artist that they will lead you somewhere – in both instances.
In art-speak I would liken Todd Mosby’s album On Eagle Mountain to French painter, printmaker and ‘intimist’ Pierre Bonnard who was able to capture the spirit of the moment by playing with light and decorative surfaces using impressionist techniques. He was not interested in obscure symbolist subject matter and was not a mystic. Instead, he was satisfied - even fascinated and delighted by the scenes of simple daily life around him into which, as observers, we are drawn.
Excellent work. A cut above.
*Fiona Joy is a composer/pianist/producer/vocalist...and painter. View her work here.