Alan Lastufka and Tom Milsom are “Taking Leave”

DFTBA Records co-founder Alan Lastufka has a strong draw to music. Whether it be from his early work recorded on mini-cassettes, or his music video work with bands like imadethismistake and solo artists like Charlie McDonnell. So, it’s no surprise that his album “Taking Leave”, a collaboration with “internet sensation” and musician Tom Milsom (known as hexachordal on YouTube), is pure musical genius.

Beginning with “Just a Boy”, Alan and Tom create a unique sound and a song about the loss of innocence. Using what sounds like a child’s piano (the one that sounds a bit like a xylophone) with masterful electric piano (or synthesizer?) to back it up, this song brings us right into the world of a man who is lost in his life, possibly due to the influence of his father years earlier.

“The Wind” takes us into the mind of a girl in love. So in love, in fact, that she is almost weightless, pushed and pulled by the wind after seeing the object of her affection. This is a song of a love so strong that nothing else seems to matter. The music and lyrics are so marvelously interwoven and powerful, we almost want to fly with her.

Now, for the other side of this powerful love, we have “Can’t.” Seeing things from the guy’s perspective, how he feels controlled by her, but in a love to strong to give up. The electropop sound of this song creates a mechanical beat that matches the lyrics perfectly.

In “The Mirror Song”, featuring Kristina Horner along with Milsom, we hear both sides of the relationship as they look back on better times. A simple but beautiful piano accompaniment adds volumes to this song.

While the final song on the EP, “Forgiven” seems (to some) like a slight departure from the rest of the album, it is actually a natural progression in the “story” being told. Plus, it is bridged by a spoken-word track from author John Green called “The Sparks Fly Upward” (a passage from the Book of Job). Also, though “Forgiven” seems stylistically different from the beginning tracks, the progression is more of a build-up to the grandeur of the final piece. It sounds as if “Forgiven” includes music from every instrument featured in previous tracks, creating a musical epilogue that wraps up the story nicely; both instrumentally and lyrically.

“Taking Leave” is both extremely catchy and remarkably deep at the same time. It’s an album that I haven’t been able to stop listening to since it arrived, and I find more in it with each new listen.

If you’re a fan of thought-provoking, extremely well-done music; “Taking Leave” is a must!

Need a little taste? Check out the video for “Can’t

Click here to buy “Taking Leave” by Alan Lastufka and Tom Milsom for a mere $6!

I know what you’re thinking: “William, did you say that album is only six bucks? Impossible!”

But, I can assure you, dear reader, it’s absolutely true!!

 

William, the Movie Nerdfighter

who has taken a departure from his usual movie reviews to tell you about some amazing music.

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One Response to “Alan Lastufka and Tom Milsom are “Taking Leave””

  1. electropop Says:

    yeah… cool post …thanks for the heads-up! XD

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