Exclusive Review: Eric Peterson – “Tonal Accents” Album/LP

Very few veteran artists have accomplished what Salt Lake City based multi-musician Eric Peterson has. With 21 CDs under his belt of a vast array of musical styles, it’s no wonder his latest 12-track juggernaut, Tonal Accents, is clearly breaking new grounds in the world of instrumental releases.

This record cleverly mixes several angles of genres that adapt both 90s and 2000s Rock elements with hints of Classic Rock vibes as well. Emerging into the scene in the 90s, Eric Peterson has manifested a signature sound that is both innovative and multifaceted. From crisp and catchy openers “Friday 4:59PM” to the appropriately titled “Smooth And Serene”, to the hauntingly ominous “Cryptic Talk” and “Subdued”, you get a clear glimpse into the versatile songwriting style that Peterson diligently executed throughout this album’s duration. And that’s one of the most effective ways to put out an instrumental record – showcase as many angles as possible. The classic Rock-era stylistic drum tempos lay a solid foundation on every song and will easily captivate both old listeners and new upon the first listen. Tonal Accents really demonstrates the authenticity of Peterson‘s musicianship factors and really lays out the perfect blueprint to putting out a truly impactful solo record.

The production value on this record is something to behold. It touches on both equal parts originality and familiarity, delving into atmospheric elements that diligently mix yesterday’s and today’s engineering styles. It has a little bit of everything, which will easily provide that dose of nostalgia for fans of older Rock eras, and today’s more modern take on the genre. The guitar work plays a big role on this record from smooth bass lines, energetic acoustic riffs and electric melodies that bring Eric Peterson‘s writing skill set to the forefront. If you dig guitar legends like Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson, then Tonal Accents will be one of your favorite releases this year. The album is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. Pick this one up if you’re looking for a fresh take on your favorite guitar-driven records.


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