New York based Third International releases new Album entitled (OBLIVION)

Rating 8/10

Official URL: http://thethirdinternational.com

The Review: New York based musical 3 piece “Third International just released their latest album entitled “Oblivion” ted Away (2015). This project is led solely by musical visionary Andrew Pearson who wrote the entire score and also played a few instruments on the project. Band is: Andrew Pearson (vocals, guitar, Synth and Moog).Szabolcs Szenasi (Drums, Sampling), Enrique Mancia (Bass), and Brian Battersby (Audio Sampling)

The album’s tranquil atmosphere is intensified by wistful lyrics. It is the confused world of thought of the unseen and disillusioned mortal. The listener hears conversations between the conscience and the subconscious, sometimes combative, at other times resigned.

All music on Oblivion was written and performed by Third International lead by English born Andrew Pearson. ‘The album to me feels like a slow, groovy dream, where you never know what to expect round the next bend. And when you wake up, you’re not quite sure of exactly what just happened.’ Pearson has one of those voices that are familiar but yet you can’t quite put your finger on him. The closest I could place it would be Roger Waters.

Music reminds me of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, Tweaker, Saul Williams and Perfect Circle. They have received a number of favorable reviews, and accolades thus far in his musical career 2 albums into it.

Oblivion starts off with powerful “Helix” an amazing somewhat upbeat prelude with colorful vocals and fusionist musical approach. Right away you are introduced to the back seat baritone of vocalist Pearson. You can definitely hear the English origin. This band is the perfect setting for a hungry and disgruntled Alternative Rock audience. It’s obvious this music has dark progressive roots and will remind you of King Crimson, and Pink Floyd and of course the forefather of the acid trip himself Syd Barrett. As the album slowly unfolds you will notice a strong progressive rock foundation, painted against a melodic backdrop of sound and touches of guitar, keyboards and some entertaining solos and drum/bass backbone. All of this layered instrumentation really hits home. The well placed background vocals against the full compliment of percussion both compliment each other well. It’s a very powerful sounding CD. On tracks like “Do It Over”, “Barograph”, and “Master Strange” you will hear flawless musical transitions and impressive choral finales that will bring you back to the all too familiar Alternative Rock territory poplar in the 1970’s. Pearson fits into this style of music perfectly as he demonstrates remarkable power and vocal control. He also demonstrates great depth as a writer. As I listened to these songs over and over again, I noticed how fluid all the arrangements were. The whole CD flows so nicely from one moment to the next. Kudos to the amazing lyrical content. The vocals, guitar, and copious synthetic accents really mesh well together.

The Bottom Line: “Oblivion” by Third International will work best when you want a psychedelic retro-rocking catalogue to delicately slip into your soul. All songs could easily be converted into an unplugged type setting. “Oblivion” rounds out an exceptional 11 Track territory and is delivered to us by a driven and talented writer (Andrew Pearson) who definitely has honed his craft over the years.

Purchase Link: http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=10144185

Sebastian Pastore