THE NEW SOLO ALBUM FROM THE AWARD-WINNING AND INNOVATIVE BRITISH
SINGER-SONGWRITER KNOWN FOR HIS WORK WITH TESSERACT AND SKYHARBOR
'Dan has a hell of a voice!!!' Devin Townsend
"Experimental, accessible and quite brilliant" PROG
"Rightly lauded for his supreme technical skills" CLASH
'Castles', the new solo album from talented musician Daniel Tompkins, is inspired by the arc of relationships - tragic mistakes, misjudgements of character and victorious, passionate love. Written alongside US producer Eddie Head (Haji's Kitchen) the music is a dynamic realisation of Tompkins' expansive ability and taste: pulsating synths, beautiful keyboard lines, powerful electric guitars, heavy crash cymbals, and both skittering and forceful beats. The space created by the production allows Daniel's voice to switch skilfully from tender and introspective to soaring emotion in a blend of pop-rock electronic sounds that engages his eclectic audience. The result is a masterclass in tension and release.
A diverse vocalist, Tompkins has established himself as a highly respected artist with a dedicated worldwide fanbase garnered from his work with the global progressive metal sensations TesseracT and Skyharbor, the experimental pop oriented White Moth Black Butterfly, which recently included a collaboration with percussive guitarist Jon Gomm, and the rise of his more accessible solo material.
The album features six alternative tracks with special guests Acle Kahney (TesseracT), Grammy-nominated Randy Slaugh (Periphery, Architects, Devin Townsend), Paul Ortiz (Zeta, Chimpspanner) and producer Dmitry Stepanov. By working with the ground-breaking UK label Kscope, Tompkins' creativity has been set free to direct every aspect of this solo project, including videos, photography, lyrics, artwork and music. This LP edition of 'Castles' is presented on 180g heavyweight vinyl in single sleeve packaging.