“SUBTLETY AND POWER ... CHECK IT OUT!”
— Van Dyke Parks (Composer, Arranger)
“THE MUPPET SHOW ON ACID.”
“STUNNINGLY ARRANGED ... MORE TO BE DISCOVERED UPON EVERY LISTEN.”
— Heaven Magazine
“A MELODIC ARCHITECT; EACH RECORDING A SCENIC TOWN YOU WANT TO REVISIT.”
— Daily Hampshire Gazette
“A SENSE OF TRANSGRESSING BOUNDARIES WHILST STILL BEING EASY TO LISTEN TO ... THE PURITY IN HER VOCAL LETS HER PLAY ABOUT WITH STYLES AND CADENCES TO GREAT EFFECT, THEIR SOFT TONES EASING THE LISTENER INTO INSIGHTFUL, INTROSPECTIVE LYRICS. ”
"IT'S EASIER TO REMEMBER SOMETHING IF YOU TURN IT INTO A SONG."
- G.T. THOMAS
Amsterdam-based recording/ performing artist G.T. Thomas goes over revelations from her daily journals with a highlighter pen, and transforms them into memorable refrains on her upcoming album of PROGRESSIVE DREAM POP songs, entitled "I Am a Highlighter Pen" (release: November 8, 2019 – available in the shop, here).
Fresh off a tour of the East Coast of the US in November (and a few special last-minute shows in December) of 2019, she's got more shows on the horizon in 2020, because it's not just her lyrics that reflect upon our individual potential for awesomeness, but her live performance itself:
In her mesmerizing spin on the one-woman-band, G.T. Thomas accompanies her soft, intense voice by simultaneously performing bass, synthesizer, and drum machine – all LIVE (no computers/ backing tracks/ loopers).
Having worked with artists like Fleet Foxes, The Metropole Orchestra, Benny Sings, and many others as a session player or co-writer, G.T. Thomas is also no stranger to doing everything herself on her own music. Under various monikers (including her 2017 disco side-project, Sarcastalites), she has performed her songs on stages from Seattle, to NYC, to Amsterdam and beyond, and often played all the parts on her self-produced tracks that she's quietly been releasing since 2005.
That being said, never before has she attempted to perform all the instruments simultaneously in her live act (a feat she calls "simultiinstrumentalism" – amalgamating the words "simultaneous" and "multi-instrumentalism").
Her current work is heavily inspired by fellow simultiinsrumentalists Nate Wood (fOUR) and Catriona Sturton, creative mastermind Jim Henson (The Muppets), and her longest standing musical hero Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) – who she recently had the privilege to meet. "It's been my biggest dream to meet him, for at least 13 years. This was my Everest. Since that encounter, some kind of major barrier has come down in me. I guess it just felt like, 'I can accomplish anything. Why not give playing three instruments at once a whirl?'"
"NOWADAYS, WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME WHAT I'VE GOT UP MY SLEEVE, I KEEP FINDING... MY OWN ARMS."
- G.T. THOMAS
CHOOSE A SHORTER BIO LENGTH:
AUDIO / VISUAL
Here's the music video for "Future Moving" – the first single off "I Am a Highlighter Pen."
This video, shot live at Kytopia, represents G.T. Thomas' live, solo performance for her current live shows.
This audio represents G.T. Thomas' current LIVE sound, as a solo-artist. For the album sound, please visit any of the links listed at the "about the album" page, or click the player floating at the foot of the page.
(Click any image to download it at full size.)
“FAILURE, REJECTION – THE HIGHER SELF CAN ONLY SEE THE SUCCESSES ... IN EVERY 'NO' RESOUNDS A CHORUS OF 'YESES.'”
— from "Future Moving" by G.T. Thomas
“EDGES ONLY ARE EXPANDED BY PERMISSION OF THE HOST.”
— from "Edges" by G.T. Thomas
“I GRANT MYSELF MAGIC. I RECEIVE MAGIC. THAT'S WHY MISSING FRAMES DISSOLVE BENEATH THE GLAZE OF ANIMATED GRACE.”
— from "Magic" by G.T. Thomas