Ahead of the release of Castles, the debut solo album from talented musician & songwriter Daniel Tompkins on Friday 31st May, Daniel has revealed a new track “Black The Sun”.
Daniel explains how the new song fits into the Castles concept ““Black The Sun” was the first track to be written for Castles. The feeling and vibe of this song inspired the whole record and was really the starting point for the project. The song is essentially my prog rock ballad! The song is about trying to liberate yourself from a delicate relationship, I think the lyrics are quite cathartic in nature and touch on the idea that love is blinding and that lust can consume us whole. The track will no doubt be a favourite among the TesseracT following as it boasts a guitar driven chorus with strong soaring vocals”
Castles, was written & engineered by Tompkins alongside US producer Eddie Head (Haji’s Kitchen) and recorded at both the UK’s Celestial Sound Studio (Vocals) & The Color And The Sound Studios (Music) in the US, with mastering by Acle Kahney at 4D Sounds; together they created the 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.
This 13-track album features six alternative versions, which feature special guests Acle Kahney (TesseracT), Grammy-nominated Randy Slaugh (Periphery, Architects, Devin Townsend), Paul Ortiz (Zeta, Chimpspanner) and producer Dmitry Stepanov. With the stunning artwork created by Ani Artworks (www.aniartworks.org ).
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.
Castles will be released on CD, LP (180g black vinyl) and digital (pre-orders receive “Saved feat.
Acle Kahney”, “Limitless” & “Black The Sun” as instant downloads)
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