Album review: TONOCHROME – A Map In Fragments

TONOCHROME - A Map In Fragments

Bad Elephant Music [Release date 02.02.18]

The debut album from London based art rock quartet, has proggy undertones, but at heart is more rooted in jazz and ambient soundscapes.

The brainchild of singer and main songwriter Andres Razzini, it’s an easy listening affair – the opener, The Ridge, building around a Tubular Bells style construction and ending up sounding like Japan meets Elbow.

Subtle brass and strings programming courtesy of keyboardist Steve Holmes – add to the ambience, combining well with the delicate guitar lines of guitarist Charlie Cawood (Mediaeval Baebes), and the understated rhythm section of Jack Painting (drums) and Andres Castellanos (bass), as one track weaves gently into the next, with a number of short ‘interludes’ disguising the transition.

There’s relatively little by way of rocking out, with sparsity and ‘mood’ being the main drivers, although numbers like ‘Just Like Us’ add a sprinkling of John Mitchell style proggy pop/rock to proceedings.

Impossible to pigeon hole, A Map In Fragments would probably be best described at ‘delicate melancholia delivered with a touch of unassuming class’.  But tapping into a broad enough audience could prove tricky.  ***

Review by Pete Whalley


Throughout September 2018 Get Ready to ROCK! Radio celebrated the station’s 10th anniversary and a two-hour special reflected a decade of broadcasting. “10 years in the making” features archive interviews with Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Todd Rundgren, Graham Bonnet, David Coverdale, John Wetton and Bob Catley.

More information
Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
Click the appropriate icons at the top of the page.

Power Plays w/c 3 December 2018

We play Top Albums and Live Acts as selected by the GRTR! Reviewers.

Featured Albums w/c 3 December (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 Melodic Rock – featured in 2018
12:00-13:00 Melodic Hard Rock – featured in 2018
14:00-16:00 Singer Songwriter – featured in 2018

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

18:00-19:00 21 GUNS Nothing’s Real (1997)



Email This Page
This entry was posted in ALBUM REVIEWS, ALBUM REVIEWS (Mobile), All Posts and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply