Tenuous Threads Shows his Mettle on New EP
Tenuous Threads covers a lot of ground in his recently unveiled Extended Player Mettle—which is an accomplishment, because it only spans five cuts. Still, that doesn’t stop him from tackling poignant subjects like missing persons, delusions, and the endless well from which hope emanates.
Moreover, he’s also able to incorporate a range of styles, instruments, and production layers into these five tracks, the vast majority of which depend heavily on guitars. If there’s a formula for this collection, in general it’s to begin the tracks with a guitar solo of some sort—they range from acoustic to electric, bordering on aspects of the blues and other sorts of feelings—albeit the solo is usually accompanied by elongated vocals and synths that are far ranging in scope and focus.
That’s certainly the case for “Abduction”, which is also accompanied by a music video. This number works best when the artist drops all pretensions and levies the full weight of the drums which are programmed, characterized by a big snare, and a surplus of dizzyingly fast open high hats, at times.
The interesting thing is the artist—who also produced this effort, is the featured vocalist, and likely wrote the songs as well—seems to have an affinity for a different instrument on each tune. On “Hope Springs” that’s unequivocally the bass which grooves to an up tempo drum pattern that’s not quite up tempo. I’m sure a lot of artists would pay for bass this slick, which is saying something because it sounds like it’s played live.
The bass is again featured prominently on “Lucid Delusion”, a slow cut that’s not quite a ballad, and is likely the instrument you’re most likely to put your head into when first peeping this out. However, those bluesy guitars start talking to you between the verses and during the hook, bending and splaying like sunlight splattered through the openings of a midsummer tree’s branches.
Yup, Tenuous Threads certainly has a potent combo of instrumentation to couple with his winsome tenor that adorns the these songs with a plaintiveness that’s easily relatable. It’s certainly worth waiting for to see what he can do on a follow-up album.