Thomas & Sampson: When The Lower Resembles The Higher
The debut album by Thomas & Sampson, When the lower resembles the higher there will be harmony upon reflection, is comprised of a series of twelve non-traditional love songs. They blend concrete and abstract images together in an effort to capture both the universal and subjective experiences and nuances of a relationship. Most of the music is sparse, existing primarily as a background to support the thoughts and images presented in the lyrics. While digesting each new song, it’s hard to tell if they’re giving us the nourishing placenta or the wailing newborn itself. Whatever it is, it’s sticky, warm, and wiggly and full of life. Many of the tracks abound with falsetto hooks that strike like charmed cobras who’s master left the room mid-song. As the venom sinks in, our corpuscles give in to the infectious sentiments of love and longing. The here and now for Thomas & Sampson is many things at once: a happy dance, love-energy, a brooding la-la band, sour apples, singing in church, embarrassing nakedness, cold indifference, desperate longing, spastic vitality, and debilitating anxiety, all intertwined, overlapping, colliding, being fed by and slowly unraveled by a strange and exciting new love.