As a 20 year veteran of the Copenhagen music scene, Thomas Bertelsen has been releasing music under the sobriquet of TOM And His Computer for five years, merging the newest technologies with the old, while squeezing fresh sounds out of equipment that’s not only obsolete, sometimes it’s barely functioning at all.
“I switch back and forth between the digital and the analog worlds. I’ll utilize old guitar pedals as well as the newest software,” TOM. “It’s never about the gear, though, but rather finding that one little sound that can trigger
Future Ruins was also co-produced and mixed by Trentemøller. While previous offerings have taken listeners to the outer boundaries of what can be considered “electronic music,” including nods to dark wave, dream pop, krautrock and modern psych rock, Future Ruins presents those influences in a new way and represents a great
leap forward for the Copenhagen based producer.
The result is a genre-less collection of songs showcasing TOM’s obsession with propelling sounds of the past into the present, and future, combining noise and edginess with his “commitment to fresh ideas with a clear sense of melodies,” according to Clash Magazine. “My tastes are eclectic and I like to flirt with many different sub genres,”
says TOM. “The aim was to combine various styles while trying to maintain a common denominator,” which committing to a full-length offered as an opportunity.
Soundtracks have been a major source of inspiration. “I also use photos, or even the first chapter in a book to generate ideas. They can trigger certain emotions, and bring different feelings to the surface. The challenge is translating that into a recording on a computer workstation, but they offer a great starting point. For this album I used anything from pictures of Ethiopian elephants in the desert, to ancient Mayan statues, or ‘80s Serbian brutalist architecture to get me going.”
A2. Lovers and Gasoline (feat. Roxy Jules)
A3. Feathers (feat. Roxy Jules)
A5. Our Man In Toronto
B1. Future Ruins (feat. Roxy Jules)
B2. Puzzle (feat. Roxy Jules)
B3. Computer Solidarity
B5. Disbelief In A Postmodern World
Release date: October 16th - 2020
|Artist||TOM And His Computer|
|Label||In My Room|
|Grading||New/Still Factory Sealed|
|Sub Genre 1||Darkwave|