New album from Another Fine Day
Tom Green (aka AFD) is a musician and composer whose work includes helping out The Orb (his co-writes extend across 4 albums by the group), playing with Afro-Celtic pioneers Baka Beyond, remixing Natacha Atlas (among others), writing music for the BBC, RTE, and many independent TV production companies, and gigging as AFD- for 16 years straight- at the UK's Big Chill Festival.
His work as Another Fine Day is therefore definitely 'eclectic', drawing on genres often perceived as widely disparate, but happily dropping them all in the same soup pot and stirring together to produce a wide ranging but distinctive sound, usually picked up on as being a lot more 'organic' than most instrumental electronica.
"Life Before Land", the first AFD album, released in 1994, has become an ambient dub cult classic, while "Salvage", released six years later, drew on a more African palette, mixing mbira music from Zimbabwe with jazz and folk elements. 14 years later, "A Good Place To Be" swings the focus back to a more ambient approach and brings Tom's first love, the piano, to the fore, wrapping jazz stylings in a glistening mix of mbira, percussion, field recordings, and just about anything else that takes his fancy. It's ambient music, it's electronica, but it's also jazz, with more than a hint of both minimalism and classical elements. Those looking for music that sits tight within one genre had better look elsewhere. Those with a bit more imagination will love it.