Everything in Between
'Everything In Between,' the sophomore release from San Francisco Bay Area singer songwriter Brian Thoms, is 38 minutes of high fidelity down tempo acoustic music that takes the listener through many of life's universal moments. Accompanying his softly sung lyrics is a subtle sonic landscape of Hammond organ, piano, violin, cello, and an array of vintage keys. 'Everything In Between' was produced and mixed by Jon Evans (Tori Amos, Tom Waits, Charlie Hunter, Bill Frisell), whom plays upright and electric bass throughout, and Steve Utstein (Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Bo Diddley, Café R and B), whose multi-instrumental contributions lure the listener into each song's beautiful arrangements, and leaves the listener with many of the album's most melodic hooks not quickly forgotten. On this album Thoms is joined by some of the Bay Area's most talented players, including; Dan Foltz (Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Linda Perry, Shelby Lynne), whose delicate percussion along with Evan's bass have laid the foundation for many of the Bay Area's more stylish independent releases, and Julie Wolfe (Maceo Parker, Ani Difranco, Indigo Girls), whom postponed rehearsals for her upcoming tour with Amy Ray to join in on piano and hand wah Rhodes during the album's original tracking sessions. 'Everything In Between' was tracked and mixed at San Pablo Recorders, Evan's personal studio in Berkeley, with additional recording performed at Thoms and Utstein's respective home studios. These intimate settings provided the perfect mood to capture the album's personal delivery. Drawing from his own relationships and the day to day balance of hope and loss he experiences at his day job as an Intensive Care Nurse, Thoms's lyrics draw the listener to contemplate their own personal experiences. With songs that range from the acoustic finger picked styling, similar to that of Ryan Adams's 'Heartbreaker,' to it's softly sung lyrics, reminiscent of the late Elliot Smith, and moments of psychedelic Pink Floydesque textures, created through Utstein's array of vintage keys, 'Everything In Between' offers a more intimate experience than Thoms's 2007 more upbeat and pop friendly release, 'Miles Away From Yesterday,' and is worthy of recognition among the Bay Area's many artistic independent releases.