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T H O M A S: Janela (Barnyard)

T H O M A S is the ongoing brainchild of Toronto's Thom Gill, since 2009 exploring the world of song, at home and abroad, through pieces that blur the lines between pop and avant-garde.

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Thom Gill-guitar, tonebank, organ, vocals

Christopher Willes-electronics, synthesizer

Felicity Williams-vocals

Matthew Pencer-drum machine, synthesizer

Daniel Pencer-saxophone, flute

Bram Gielen-alesis, bass, organ, vocals

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Label: Barnyard
Catalog ID: BRO324
Squidco Product Code: 15172

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded at the Farm on July 6th and 7th, and August, 2010, by Jean Martin, and various rooms in Toronto throughout July & August 2010.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Janela serves as a time capsule of a particular era in the T H O M AS trajectory. Recorded mostly live at Jean Martin's Barnyard studio, the EP documents the development of a six-piece incarnation of the band that performed together throughout 2009-10. Minimal drum synths support long, slow dynamic arcs, allowing upfront, bone-dry vocals to dialogue with vast, dense, digital keyboard swathes on topics of friendship and pursuit of the spirit. Janela is an engrossing listen, both dense and smooth. It will, hopefully, captivate your ears and your heart.

Appearing in many forms and furnishing a variety of vibes, T H O M A S is the ongoing brainchild of Toronto's Thom Gill. Since 2009 the band has been exploring the world of song, at home and abroad, with blissfully confused audiences. Says Tad Michelak: "Smoothed out pop songs and raw emotion spread almost too thin over delicate guitar work. T H O M A S blurs the line between pop and the avant-garde by re-inventing the cliches and turning them into something all his own without ever becoming one himself. His voice is like silk whispers that can become alien at any minute. A bizarre un-touchable oddness lingers in his perfectly composed post-smooth pop songs, begging you to dig deeper." "-Barnyard Records

Artist Biographies

"Felicity Williams (b. 1954) was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. She still lives there with her husband, Grant, and their two children, Clemency and Samuel. Felicity holds a B.Mus. (Hons) degree in composition from the University of Canterbury as well as performance diplomas in violin, piano, and voice. She also holds a Diploma in Teaching from Christchurch College of Education. In 1988 she was appointed National Composer-In-Schools, a one year residency designed to stimulate original composition for and by young people. Her list of compositions is diverse, from songs and rhythm games for early childhood through full length musicals and ballets. In 1994 she established her own school, "Mozarts", which encompasses a Performing Arts Pre School, as well as (in 1995) a Performing Arts Centre offering classes for students aged five years through adult. She is also Composer-In-Residence at Elmwood Primary School, where she writes original music for each class in the school, composing for the specific abilities of the class in question."

-Treble Cleff Press (

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Track Listing:

1. Either Side Of The Symbol 10:07

2. Janela 4:42

3. (Without So Much As A) Thank You 5:40

4. Helsabonkers 7:30

5. What A Friend We Have In Daisy 3:23

Related Categories of Interest:

Rock and Related
Song Based Music
Toronto Area Improvisation
Canadian Composition & Improvisation

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