Release Date: Jun 3, 2014
Record label: Houndstooth
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Club/Dance
Review Summary: What gorgeous chrome and silver can sound likeThrowing Snow’s Mosaic is unimpressive in its impressiveness. It’s tough to pinpoint anything specifically wrong here, as the album is generally made up of gorgeously-woven material with carefully roughed-up edges. Indeed, Throwing Snow’s beautifully eerie soundscapes are delectable at best and merely unimpressive at worst.
As Throwing Snow, Ross Tones has been putting out sombre UK bass music for the better part of a decade, while also running the fantastically varied label A Future Without. 2013 saw him release an album on Houndstooth with Hannah Cartwright, AKA Augustus Ghost, under the name Snow Ghosts. His time working with Cartwright seems to have made an impression on him—Mosaic, his latest LP, relies heavily on collaborations, primarily with female vocalists.
I love Wang Chung’s album Mosaic, and have since I was a child. From “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” to “Hypnotize Me” to “Let’s Go!”, this is a blockbuster record wall to wall with hits. Michael McDonald sings on it too—what more could you want? Mosaic is just one of those records that ... Wait a minute, I’m getting an e-mail from my editor here.
The debut album from Brixton-dwelling astrophysicist Ross Tones has been on the minds of many since it was touted at the turn of the year. Tones, this time under his moniker Throwing Snow, has been worked to the bone in recent years and admits that “it’s a bit mad trying to get my head around [the volume of work]”. However busy he has been running music labels or recording in monasteries, he’d be the first to admit that he is yet to release a collection which fully captures or surmises his talents.
Pathfinder, Ross Tones’s last release as Throwing Snow, was crafted specifically for the purpose of being listened to on journeys. Running to a slight but impactful four tracks, the EP kept its gaze firmly ahead with some of Tones’ most progressive work yet. It also raised the question, implicitly, of whether such drive and focus would be achievable on a Throwing Snow full-length.