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Abendromen

by Tom Eaton

Piano, electronics and guitars woven into seven evening dreams.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. Sunday: Slow Rotations
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2. Monday: Midwinter
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3. Tuesday: The Compass
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4. Wednesday: In Stillness
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5. Thursday: For Orion
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6. Friday: Patience
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7. Saturday: Long Lonely Light
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8. Wednesday Night
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9. The Eighth Day
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10. Saturday Night
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Abendromen, from the Dutch "Abend" (evening) and "Dromen" (dreams) was created in the long nights during December 2015 and January 2016 by composer, engineer and producer Tom Eaton. Textural electric guitars, fretted and fretless basses and synthesizers envelop piano miniatures in a dream for each day of the week.

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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
As a producer, Tom has global recognition, his work with the artists in the dimension of the Imaginary Road Studios, with the legend Will Ackerman is all known worldwide, but here Tom wants that to be placed to one side and he wants you dear reader and listener, to listen to the album and allow the music to do the talking.
The name of the album comes from the Dutch (Abend) meaning Evening and (Dromen) meaning Dreams. I first listened to this album whilst travelling several thousand miles across Europe on a plane, the calming influence was evident and here Eaton’s skill as a musician is about to join his other talents right at the front of the line.
The opening composition is a perfect example of Eaton’s sensitivity as a man of music and entitled Sunday – Slow Rotations. One could easily imagine watching the sunset to this piece, the keyboards float like an errant cloud finding its way home alone just before dark and Tom Eaton’s piano creates a soft lulling sense of beauty for us to eventually close our eyes and drift to.
The entire album links from one track to another with a seamless majesty, the compositions are perfectly arranged and the release is one whole week of musical bliss, listen to Monday – Midwinter, the slightly harder performance style here and the deeper layers of synths, add a real chilling dimension to this track.
Abendromen is one of those albums that has an addictive quality to it, that addiction is a desire to be at peace and thanks to albums of this quality, that peace is achievable, but one can also be entertained at the same time, immerse yourself into Tuesday – The Compass, a piece that would go down well on any chill out album. Light percussion, a slightly faster tempo, some incredibly delicious bass playing and a new, but gentle direction is found on this piece.
On Wednesday – In Stillness we have a totally different energy, the middle of the week see’s Eaton drift and hover for a moment, this is a reflective composition that has such a calming narrative, it is perfect in its ambience, it is sumptuous in its texture, but above all else, here is a track that is so very meaningful and full of promise for our journey through the rest of the album.
That second half of the release and the week is now breached; we navigate into the wide galactic ocean of music called Thursday - For Orion, the sparkling slow spaced feel, eventually builds to a perfectly masterful chilled offering, the percussion, bass, keyboards and guitar dance a star filled moment of reverie with Eaton’s constant driving piano.
Abendromen is an album that has to be taken completely on its musical merit, this is not just another new age release, this is a well thought out, brilliantly composed and produced offering, that meanders through the musical mind, like a soft summer wind blowing across your face. Listen to Friday – Patience and enjoy the dramatic opening, there is a sense of suspense here to revel in, but Eaton’s hands caress the keys and as always, he becomes the master of the ship, and the Captain of your musical soul. This is an emotive, but carefully penned piece that is performed with a loving touch by the artist.
The final room of ambient delight for us is called Saturday – Long Lonely Light, this specific track really reminded me in style and composition of the work Nightfall by Kevin Kendle, as on that piece, Eaton describes flawlessly, that segment of time and is in fact the longest arrangement on the album.
But we’re not done yet, Tom has created three bonus tracks for you to bathe your senses in, Wednesday Night, The Eighth Day and finally Saturday Night, all three impeccably brilliant, minimalistic ambient pieces, to round off a superb album.
Abendromen by Tom Eaton is a step into new territory for the skilfully gifted producer and as a musician, Eaton can now also proudly look back on this work, as a creation of peaceful and vast soundscapes, a dimension of harmonious and luxurious layered arrangements, that will not only bring tranquillity to the listener, but a collection of extremely well composed, performed and produced tracks for us all to enjoy many times over, this is indeed an exceptional album and one I completely recommend.
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Every once in a while an album crosses my path that truly takes my breath away and “Abendromen” is one such album. Composed, produced and engineered by Tom Eaton, who is co-producer and engineer for Imaginary Road studios (owned by Windham Hill founder, Will Ackerman), Tom has crafted a gorgeous album recorded during late winter nights that exemplifies just what a phenomenal musical composer he truly is.

“Abendromen” (a combination of the Dutch words for “evening” and “dreams”) is comprised of ten tracks, including three bonus tracks, each named for a day of the week. Essentially, it is an ambient though gently melodic album that conveys a nocturnal and solitary yet comfortingly warm atmosphere, combining a perfect balance of both electronic and acoustic instruments that beautifully complement one another. Composed of synthesizers, piano, electric guitar and bass, as well as gentle percussion guiding a couple of tracks (on “Tuesday: The Compass” and “Thursday: For Orion”), Tom has made the best use of many subtleties that all interact with each other to create a whole that is immersive and enveloping yet beautifully understated. With lots of layered, lingering chords, spaces between piano notes, and sensual yet subdued electric guitar, the music is all about depth rather than breadth. The particularly haunting and forlorn “Saturday: Long Lonely Light” is a shining example of this kind of perfection. The fact that nothing overtly conspicuous is present here is perhaps ironically what makes it all the more potent. The music feels incredibly human with a strong undercurrent of reflection, nostalgia and mystery, and I felt an emotional connection to it right away. Listening to this recording was like watching a visual projection or film screen of one’s life events, evoking memories and experiences that have since come and gone. The album appropriately closes with a bonus track called “Saturday Night” which is a more ambient and piano-less version of “Saturday: Long Lonely Light” that shimmers and hovers for a bit before drifting away longingly.

“Abendromen” is without a doubt one of the most gorgeous albums I’ve heard in a long time. Musically, it conveys thoughts and feelings that could never be accurately expressed with words while retaining a haunting quality of obscurity. Tom has crafted a masterpiece of the highest caliber that has already become a personal favorite and will certainly be hard to top among this year’s best recordings.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Abendromen" is the first album of original music by Tom Eaton in quite a few years. Currently best-known as the chief engineer at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont, Eaton has been working alongside Will Ackerman to co-produce as well as engineer many of the stellar albums that have emerged from that studio since 2010. In addition to working behind the “board,” Eaton has performed on dozens of recordings playing a wide variety of keyed instruments (accordion, Hammond organ, piano, synths, etc.), percussion, bass and “a handful of other oddball noise makers.” Eaton also has his own recording studio, Universal Noise Storage, in Newburyport, MA and has been working full-time in audio since 1993. He started writing instrumental music for piano and synthesizer in 1987 and developed his skills as both programmer and engineer “seeking the point where technology supports the creation of music rather than dominates it.”

"Abendromen" is a collection of ten original pieces that are piano and keyboard-based and ambient in style. I have to admit that I expected Eaton’s album to be acoustic and more similar to the music that comes out of Imaginary Road, but I am far from disappointed! I find it fascinating to discover a different side to a composer and/or musician! Eaton explains: “Abendromen (from the Dutch ‘abend’ evening and ‘dromen’ dreams) is a song cycle created out of a particularly emotional moment in my life. The album emerged quickly, in a month or so between December 15th 2015 and the middle of January of this year. I play piano, electric guitars, basses (fretted and fretless) and keyboards on the seven primary tracks, one ‘dream’ for each day of the week. There are three ‘bonus’ tracks which are ambient guitar loops that I created and used on the record and which I found trance-like on their own.”

"Abendromen" begins with “Sunday - Slow Rotations,” a relaxed and dreamy piano and keyboard piece that sets the tone for the album. Richly layered with a variety of instrumental and atmospheric sounds, the piece has a slightly mysterious and poignant feeling - intriguing! “Monday - Midwinter” mixes a somewhat melodic piano with more stark ambient sounds that literally send a chill. “Tuesday - The Compass” has Eaton performing on several instruments that include piano, keyboard, guitars, bass, and percussion. Flowing and gently rhythmic, this is one of my favorites. “Wednesday - In Stillness” goes in a more ambient direction with haunting keyboard sounds behind the quiet, peaceful piano. “Thursday - For Orion” is another favorite. Atmospheric keyboard washes suggest a vast, dark sky while piano and electric guitar sounds float in space to a gentle but steady percussion rhythm. It’s mysterious but also very pleasant and relaxing. “Friday - Patience” has a stronger piano melody and the piece overflows with warmth and quiet serenity. “Saturday - Long Lonely Light” is more free-form and ambient, suggesting the darkness of night and feelings of isolation. The rhythm moves slowly, like the passage of time when sleep eludes you.

"Abendromen" is a very happy surprise for those (like me!) who only knew or know Tom Eaton for his wizardry at Imaginary Road Studios. This is a very beautiful album of mostly ambient and ethereal music and is very highly recommended!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
I 'm not sure how many albums I’ve written about in the past 5 years or so that have been engineered and/or co-produced by Tom Eaton – at least 30, I’d guess. In his role at the iconic Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont, working along side GRAMMY winning producer and Windham Hill Records Founder Will Ackerman, this dynamic duo has become the premier production team for artists in the new age music genre. So it’s interesting to see Tom step out from behind the glass in the control room and working on other artist’s music to producing his own music for a change.

The album is a delight on every level. There are seven primary tracks and three ‘bonus’ tracks which are ambient guitar loops created as backgrounds on the recording which are quite trance-like when heard on their own. On the album Tom plays piano, electric guitars, basses (fretted and fretless) and keyboards. While the primary instrument is the piano, it is richly orchestrated with electronic soundscapes that are quite stunning. As an ambient synth player myself, I’m particularly attuned to the sonic textures and electronic atmospheres a recording artist creates, and Tom’s are absolutely exquisite. I’d put them on the level of luminaries such as Jonn Serrie, David Arkenstone and Suzanne Ciani. The intricacy and balance of these elements with the piano are a reflection of Tom’s skills and sensitivities as an arranger.

A track called “Monday – Midwinter” captures the quiet reflective nature of winter, evoking an image of a full moon illuminating a field of freshly fallen snow. Words like dreamy, moody, and pensive give an indication of the song’s feel. Tom’s melodic vocabulary on the piano is elegant, expressive, and emotionally evocative, drawing the listener in and keeping them spellbound throughout the composition. On “Tuesday – The Compass,” subtle percussion tracks and electric guitar add a new dimension to the music. There were moments while listening to this piece that very much brought to mind the drifting, head-in-the-clouds vibe of classic Pink Floyd, some of my all-time favorite music. As we come to “Thursday – For Orion,” the drum tracks provide a sense of propulsion and forward motion that drives the song a bit more than we’ve heard earlier. Yet, the background is still quite expansive, and this combination of elements reminded me a bit of the music of Patrick O’Hearn.

I must say that “Abendromen” was a bit of a revelation. I was pleasantly surprised at how much of a role the ambient electronic elements play in this recording considering the predominantly acoustic nature of the music that Tom works on at Imaginary Road Studios. While the piano is definitely the primary instrument in the seven main compositions, the level of attention and detail that Tom put into the soundscapes adds tremendously and definitely takes the music to a whole other level. That said, I was greatly impressed with the compositional depth and emotion in Tom’s heartfelt piano work.


While Tom Eaton has been creating quite a name for himself as an engineer, producer, and multi-instrumental accompanist, this new release firmly establishes him as a composer and recording artist of note in the new age genre. I don’t know if I’ve adequately expressed how impressed I am with this album, but I hope I have, and that it will inspire readers to seek out this remarkable and rewarding listening experience.


To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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