He has the eyes of the possessed.
- J.G. Ballard
Paul Wady’s The Terminal Beach (Linear Obessional), yes, based on the J.G. Ballard short story of the same name, is not only absolutely gorgeous, it harkens back to the soundtracks of 1950s’ science fiction B-movies. Wady first read Ballard’s story back in the 1980s and has always though of producing a work based on the shorty story.* It took Wady thirty plus years to do so, but it is was well worth the wait. The Terminal Beach is full-on synthesizer music, but if that is a draw back in your mind, don’t let it be. The album captures the essence of growing up in the time when the destruction of the world was a distinct and imminent possibility. Today, the humans are working famously well as destroying the planet, the ending is not as near as it once was. But back to the album at hand. I found Paul Wady’s The Terminal Beach to be an extraordinary work and cannot imagine a world that this will not be in my top ten list for 2012. We also featured three songs from The Terminal Beach in our latest podcast.
*There is a pdf which comes along with the download is a must to read.
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