Published Aug 28, 2015Vancouver pop project Rec Centre (which, full disclosure, is the project of Exclaim! contributor Alex Hudson when he's not pitching Red Hot Chili Peppers articles) has maintained a steady release schedule, including last year's Monster of the Week. He's decided to switch things up a little, and has now dropped his first instrumental album.
The release is called Tacoma Dome, and features ten tracks inspired by Washington's UFO-shaped building. Hudson says, "it's hard to imagine a more bleak, unromantic structure than a concrete sports arena in a mid-sized city without a high-profile pro sports team."
That bleakness is interpreted through a series of instrumental compositions. Though he doesn't utilize any percussion, the resulting songs are expertly structured around ethereal drones, vintage synths and expert guitar runs. It certainly captures the spaced-out bleakness of its titular structure.
Tacoma Dome was recorded with Jay Arner and features piano from Colin Dodds. It's available now for free through Rec Centre's Bandcamp, and can be streamed in full below.