Fred Thomas

Your Side of the Night

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On Your Side of the Night, Fred Thomas offers up a gentle pair of songs complete with heartache and artistic grace. On the title track, Thomas presents one of his softest, most tranquil acoustic odes to lost love. The Saturday Looks Good to Me singer shows off his blues and folk alter egos, including some wonderfully effortless harmonica and xylophone to add to the song's painful, yet lively overtones. On "My Small Heart," the EP's B-side, Thomas interjects another acoustic narrative, experimenting with instruments and structures much different than his other projects. "Stay up half of the night/until your words turn into wheels/and my small heart goes on and on and on," he croons, his echoing voice serving as the leading instrument over the gently plucked guitar and harmonica. Again, like on much of his early solo work, Thomas embraces the freedom of minimalism and simplicity in his songwriting and recording. Columbus, OH's Sleep Furiously Records released Your Side of the Night in 2003.