Thomas Giles: Contemporary and vintage

Thomas Giles – Don`t Touch The Outside

Thomas Giles aka Tommy Rogers from Between The Buried And Me released his new album Don`t Touch The Outside. As musician support he has included the bass player and the drummer from the mother band. Dan Brigg and Blake Richardson. In addition two Norwegian vocalists, Kristoffer Rygg from Ulver, and Einar Solberg. Also included are Carley Coma on vocal and the guitarist Wes Hauch. Milan is the third song from the album and a quiet song featuring Einar Rygg on vocals. Milan is a lovely ballad demonstrating Giles ability to write compositions with synthesizers without it sounding strange and embarrassing.

Between The Buried And Me offer for the audiences their skillful musicianship and constantly leaping between different genres from progressive rock, death metal, gypsy music and electronic music etc. The band often take creative chances in order to reach higher levels of innovation. Their music often has no limitations sonically or conceptually and most definitely are outside of genre constraints.

Despite this Thomas Giles began a solo side project under his own name, encapsulating all his personal musical interests by executing ideas and sounds that are contemporary and vintage all at the same time. Actually Don`t Touch The Outside is Giles fifth solo album. On the new album Giles lead the listeners some much unexpected musically territories! The album have some a freshness and a colorful instrumentation and well-functioning dynamic.

Some songs on the album pay homage to the 80’s like the album closer Exordium with deliciously guitar playing and ditto keyboards. On Radiant Vangelis comes in mind. The song are ambient, moody and sounds very good in my ears. The most prog drained sons are Church Friends and Incomplet with delicious hypnotic guitars phrases, and the scary and catchy and crazy rhythmical Everywhere. Wheater MoodsPanic Start is a nice gothic industrial anthem, and some distorted drum pattern freshen up I Win  and in addition the horror movie samples are quite nice. The guest appearance of Carley Coma a well-known rapper isn`t my cup of tea.

One the other hand I love Take your Seats/Time Gentleman with its symphonic avant-garde style and Hitchcock film hints. Giles is an experimental and unconventional music maker and that very appealing for me. Do it your way not the high way is mostly always the best way.


About Ulf Backstrøm (7437 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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