Born in Panama, raised in California, and molded by New York's music scene. Two solo albums before Cobain took over.
The creation of Chocolate Genius Inc., an alter ego that quickly transcended such a title. Sound-expanding collaborations with Meshell Ndegeocello, Van Dyke Parks, Doveman, Cibo Matto, 2/3 of Medeski, Martin & Wood, and Thompson's only
constant, Marc Ribot. And then, a seemingly sudden glimpse of high thread counts and private jets on Springsteen's Seeger Sessions Tour in 2006, followed by an 'emotional roller coaster' in Senegal.
That one never quite left the back of Thompson's mind, a space shared with thoughts of strange coincidences and slaughtered animals, love and loss, family and friends. Music to match every valley and peak, free of genre constraints or any particular
scene despite what you may have heard about Thompson's co-starring role in the 'neo-soul movement'.
And now this: Swansongs, the final chapter in an extended trilogy (see also: 1998's Black Music, 2001's Godmusic and Black Yankee Rock released in 2004 ) that's turned first-person tales into truth-seeking therapy sessions. More than just an
exploration of the letter 'I', you know? Or as Thompson puts it, 'Gracefully embracing decay is the constant theme. Letting go. The curse of religion. The passion is the poison. That old dilemma worship and penance; sparkle and fade; bass
'...he spreads his gutter poetry across a bed of low-key grooves, odd synths and shifting textures.' --Pitchfork
He takes us on this journey with an idiosyncratic intensity inspired by everything from the Beach Boys to Sam Cooke. --Interview
...tunes move in slow motion, with undulating guitar lines or measured rhythm-and-blues vamps behind husky,
weather-beaten vocals. --The New York Times