Timothy Armstrong: We Can All Breathe A Little Easier Now
By Tony Parker
Sometimes it's hard to see where an album fits on the musical spectrum and this debut from Armstrong is a bit of a puzzler. There's some indie rock, some experimental song structures that scream out prog rock, a bit of electronica and instrumentation that ranges from strings and horns to glockenspiels, keyboards and jangling guitars. The nearest and most obvious reference points would have to be mid period Radiohead and to a certain extent Thom Yorke's solo explorations. Armstrong has a vocal range close to Yorke's and shows a similar affinity with complex songwriting structures that allow songs to ebb and flow musically according to mood. It's not an upbeat recording by any means with songs adopting a fairly slow tempo and often flowing from one track to the next making for an impressive almost orchestral album, albeit one that needs to be taken as a whole to fully appreciate Armstrong's widescreen vision.