2017 has been quite a year for Tokio Myers. The seasoned musician has went from touring with Kanye West to gracing TV screens across the pond as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent. Several days before then, he released “Our Generation”, an album which paints his classical music sensibilities into a sonic seascape of his own creation.
The opening track, “Red”, begins as a simple piano number with reverb, of which slowly metamorphoses into soaring crescendos of delayed notes and orchestral sounds. The notes begin to sound more and more dissonant to the ears; the aural climax tapering off to conclude in a simple piano melody — organized chaos. “Red” begins the album solidly.
“Bloodstream” is similar to “Red” in style, but substantively different in substance — as expected of two tracks with titles that serve to conjure up visuals of a certain human bodily fluid. “Bloodstream” — a rendition of the Ed Sheeran song of the same name — contains a soft piano instrumental that slowly gets more powerful, culminating in an abrupt transition to what sounds almost like a dramatic score in a fantasy film. However, the track has a darker tone than “Red”, the latter of which carries a whimsical type of quality.
“Baltimore” and “Mercy” both contain vocals that complement the instrumentation of the tracks. However, Myers shows his versatility in the dichotomous tones of the two songs. “Baltimore” has exactly the cheery sound and steady beat to become a pop number with a slight alternative edge. “Mercy”, on the other hand, gives off a more foreboding impression, with its apexing orchestral effects, hi-hats, and electronic loops.
“Angel” similarly utilizes vocals and a simple piano backdrop to communicate a feeling of yearning. Though, in sentiment, it strikes as more similar to “Baltimore”.
In “Children” and “Our Generation”, Myers continues this juxtaposition of moody classical instruments and electronic loops. Both songs employ vocal samples worked in as instruments, rather than full-on vocals from featuring artists.
“Pursuit of Happiness” ends the album off on a softer note echoing the ambience of these previous tracks.
Tokio Myers is dauntless in his pursuit of the experimental; relentlessly blurring the boundaries between classical and electronic music. For those attracted to the magnetic musicality that he displayed on the stage of Britain’s Got Talent, this album is sure to please.