Album: T. Thomason
Release Date: September 25, 2019
Halifax based artist T. Thomason has just released his self-titled album.
The sound of T. Thomason is energetic and fresh with the artist’s youthful vocals front and centre, supported by male and female backing vocals, electronic samples, auto-tune, various electric instruments and pulsing synth-wave beats. T. Thomason seems very interested in connecting with the listener, not only by making his vocals the focal point of each song but having the lyrics of each song be incredibly introspective. If making this album self-titled was not enough of a hint, it’s clear that this is a very personal project for the artist, and he wants us to know/feel it.
In T. Thomason’s bio, its noted that he has had tremendous experience with the entertainment industry from a young age – but knowing this background is not needed to know his feelings about this experience through this album. Earlier songs on the album focus on the drama that often accompanies the industry, particularly in the party culture that surrounds it. Through (somewhat ironically) mostly dance anthems, these songs highlight feelings of fear, isolation, anxiety, inadequacy, stress, fleeting love and paranoia. As the album moves through the parties and their accompanying pain, though, the album ends with T. Thomason moving to a simple, more fulfilling rural life.
Standouts on the album for me were the songs”(Bad) Joke”, and “King of Spades”. “(Bad) Joke” has a sloping, downplayed, almost ethereal mood about a fight with a lover that seems so upsetting it almost feels surreal: a ‘bad joke.’ “King of Spades” is a bittersweet love song that starts with the sounds of rain, before building on layers of instruments such as handbells, electric guitar, samples, but never losing its understated pain – a great song to send you off to dream.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.