Robert Scott Thompson – Arcana

Heathen Harvest


Whenever I’m in range of KFJC, the bizarre alt-radio station broadcasting out of Foothill College, California, it’s rare that I’ll find another musical outlet that can persuade me to listen to anything else. Yet, one evening as I lay down in a city park waiting for the sun to set, Robert Scott Thompson’s Arcana took my attention away from the airwaves. Arcana seemed a bit unfitting of the situation at first. The ineffable sounds were playing as I watched a street bustling with older couples headed to a play, office workers speeding through downtown streets, and litter piling up against concrete civic facilities. This form of ambient seemed at first too consequential for the shallow scenes of a modern downtown. Yet as I looked at the ancient oak trees of the park, branches arching in twilight-orange latticework overhead, the composition began lining up as if taming the…

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