Album Review: Tom Rasmussen – Body Building

Tom Rasmussen shares the intricate, euphoric and yet also heartfelt new album ‘Body Building’. A collection of 14 tracks that move between euphoric electronic pop, ambient electronica and others which verge on 90s influenced EDM, the album covers a lot of bases, all the while allowing Tom’s stylistic charisma to sign through.

Released via Globe Town Records amidst his time on tour across the UK with Self Asteem, the album floats from track to track in an etherial haze, like a journey through Rasmussen’s deepest most thoughts and musical identity.

From the opener the experimental-art-pop opener ‘Borrow A Feeling’ with it’s processed vocals and swelling atmospheric electronic soundscape, to the vibrant club-kid-esque ‘Fabulous Opera’, to the spoken word social commentary on the albums first of three interludes ‘Stomp’ featuring Travis Alabanza, each track pulls you in a different direction as each song blends flawlessly into the next.

‘Dial 9’ offers one of the albums more personal, close, reflective and dark moments as Tom delivers poetic, melancholic lyricism floats over a sparse soundscape of arpeggiators, bass, keys and slow lo-fi beats. Elsewhere, in the latter stages of the album, the dance-pop tendencies of Rasmussen’s music shins through as he delivers catchy vocal lines over punching beats and euphoric musical backdrops, showcasing the very thing which makes him such an exciting and unique artist.

The album’s highlights ‘Dysphoria’ and ‘Look At Me’ showcase Tom at his most potent – Lyrically witty, musically driven, danceable and exciting and stuffed with catchy melodies delivered with a charismatic flair.

Speaking about the album, Tom Rasmussen shares – “Body Building is the culmination of a decade thinking about what it means to be different to other people, but in a way so many people have felt too. It’s about grieving a part of you that has been taken by others, it’s about escaping violence, it’s about accepting — and attempting to thrive in — reality and not simply fantasy. It is the last time I want to talk about all the violence I’ve experienced in my life as a queer femme person. But never say never. It is dedicated to queer people and trans people everywhere.”

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