Fluorescent Lamp Pop by Tim J. GrantRelease date: September 8, 2018
More and more, getting your music heard is becoming an arduous job. It makes no difference if your release your album through what someone considers a major label, a small one, or even if you make your music available through SoundCloud, Last.fm or Bandcamp.
Even more so, getting noticed on one of those sites can now be even a more of a problem, particularly if it is your debut release, you go by your real name, for example, Tim J Grant and on your artist picture, you look like you were a satellite engineer. Oh, and the music you present is nothing that will immediately grab you by your throat, but is something that slowly grows on you with every listen.
And that is exactly what Tim J. Grant, who recently came up with his debut album Fluorescent Lamp Pop was, a satellite engineer. He decided music was more important to him, so in 2017 he first created and curated an internet radio station called “Divergent Indie Radio”, featuring everything from alternative, psych to prog and glam and modern electronic sounds.
Holding on to that divergent concept, on his debut Grant presents practically any sound that caught his ear without making a hodgepodge out, but a set of layered songs, that bring out a new element every time you take a listen. Something you can expect from somebody that as a former engineer needed to pay attention to every detail and stays away from things he knows others can do better.
In Grant’s case, it is the fact he decided not to do any vocals on the album but made the 15 songs on it as cloud collaboration with several female vocalists, from as diverse places as USA, Spain, Nigeria, and Australia.
From the ‘modern’ electronic sound of the opener ‘Bullseye’, that is good, but not that unfamiliar these days, Grant delves into musical diversity as much as he can. From various forms of psychedelia of tracks like ‘I Want To Know’, ‘Lighting Your World’ and excellent, eastern-tinged ‘You Fooled Me’, to Tom Petty-like rock of ‘Goodbye Was Overdue’ to prog-y changes of ‘Stand’ (With Your Heart In My Hand) to even a dose of Burt Bacharach Bossa style of ‘The Affair’.
And you know what, and it all works. Even the more standard sound of the opener is saved by some nifty Rick Wakeman style piano and vocal harmonies. I guess all that Bandcamp digging was worth it.