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Abstract Echoes of the Mind & Soul   

A Hi-Fi sonic journey through dreams and darkness

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Available on Vinyl, CD, MP3

Composed across four continents while travelling through thirty countries, Tomi Allen’s debut album has something for everyone - beach vibes, psychedelic soundscapes, screaming guitar solos, and warm, playful harmonies.

The easy grooving opener ‘Shine On Me’ warms the air with a tropical pulse, then clouds roll in as ‘On The Shelf’ takes over and the boat starts to rock. In its wake the powerful but conflicted lullaby ‘Tangled Web’ emerges plucking heartstrings and cries for rest. But Allen doesn’t dwell in darkness. He lifts listeners back up with ‘A Ridiculous Dreamer’, a bumpin' party track with funky hooks and wah-wah guitar work. Continuing the journey, Dinuk Wijeratne (2016 JUNO winner) takes an unexpected detour on ‘Tree of Dreams’ where dreams and reality clash. To close, Allen lets you know he has arrived and will be going again with ‘Beyond The Horizon’ a philosophical roots reggae jam with pensive lyrics, unhinged guitar, and a wanderer’s lust for more. 

Featuring ten original songs and a Brazilian twist to a Beatles classic, Tomi Allen brings his dreams and adventures to life with musicians Vince Pettipas, Dave Mendel, Adam Hewey, and backing vocalists Samm Splash and Leanne Hoffman. Mixed and mastered by Harry Manx's go-to engineer Wynn Gogol with pre-production guidance from Dutch Robinson.  

 

Reviews

"The list of Allen's influences is long and eclectic: flamenco, funk, R&B, classic rock, reggae, '70s-era Santana, Hendrix, Clapton, Ben Harper, Bob Marley, and Buddy Guy. Put all of those in one place and you'll never know what you'll get-just how he likes it."
- Halifax Jazz Festival

"You can hear the sounds intermingling like the ingredients in a blender cocktail, and Allen generally favours the combination of a cool groove and a sweet melody as smooth as a cold pina colada." 
- Stephen Cooke (LocalXpress / Chronicle Herald)

"Stan Getz meets Pink Floyd, or Jefferson Airplane and Jack Johnson. It draws inspiration from a lot of sources, but carries a distinctly retro Caribbean feel." The East (review)

CTV News - Interview with Heidi Petracek (video)

 

​All music and video produced by Tomi Allen
with the generous support of family, friends and fans

 

Available online and at Obsolete Records & Taz Records.

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Written in Indonesia, recorded in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

"I wrote this after I left home to travel and find a deeper meaning in life. I had been working as an engineer, I quit my job, my father strongly disapproved, most of my friends were scratching their heads, but I had to do it. I knew there was more to life and I was determined to learn and experience it. So I set off with my guitar and backpack, a book called The World's Religions, and ideas of love and enlightenment. I ended up drifting and wandering for about two years and had my eyes and heart ripped open in multiple ways. So much beauty, but also darkness. This songs marks the beginning of that journey."
 

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*Solar Powered Global Grooves* (Pre-Sale)

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Music takes time and money to lovingly craft and produce. With your generous support I will bring to life a new album of original music for release in 2019. Pay what you can and I will match every cent with heart, soul, and more global grooves. And it will be 100% recorded with solar power!

You will receive streaming access, digital download, and access to everything before it is officially released, and most importantly, you will feel a warm tingle in your heart knowing that YOU helped to keep music creation alive and well. We artists do need your support and we appreciate everything you do to keep the music flowing.

CDs and vinyl records will be made available depending on the demand and the number of pre-sales. Please let me know what you would like and I will do my best to make it happen.

With gratitude, Tomi

Expected release: August 15, 2019

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"Tree of Dreams" - A Solar Concert for a Sustainable Future

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Halifax Central Library (Paul O'Regan Hall), 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS

Presented by Tomi Allen (musician, engineer, solar/sustainable energy researcher) this event will showcase music, energy technology and dreams for a sustainable future. Featured artists include Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers (Mi’kmaw artist), Asif Illyas (ECMA winner / film composer), Jah’mila (Jamaican reggae artist), and the Tomi Allen Band (70s vibe global grooves). Featured energy experts include Dr. Alain Joseph (NSCC Applied Research), Dr. Wayne Groszko (Ecology Action Centre / Solar NS), Adam Hayter (Halifax Municipality), Rochelle Owen (Dalhousie Office of Sustainability), Dr. Peter Allen (Dalhousie / Thermo Dynamics), Dr. Jeff Dahn (Dalhousie / Tesla).

Tomi Allen Band: Mike Carroll (drums), Vince Pettipas (bass), Kristine Kovacevic (vocals), Inti Gonzalez (percussion), Matt Myer (keyboards), Tomi Allen (vocals, guitars) with special guest Jah'Mila on vocals.

Alan Syliboy & The Thundermakers: Hubert Francis (vocals, guitar), Lukas Pearse (bass), Evan Syliboy (guitar), Joanne Hatfield (vocals, percussion) & more.

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Debut album: 
Abstract Echoes of the Mind & Soul   

A Hi-Fi sonic journey through dreams and darkness

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The musicians who brought the album to life

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Mike Carroll (drums), Vince Pettipas (bass), Kristine Kovacevic (vocals), Kendra Breen (vocals), Inti Gonzalez (percussion), Matt Myer (keyboards), Tomi Allen (vocals, guitars)

Mike Carroll (drums), Vince Pettipas (bass), Kristine Kovacevic (vocals), Kendra Breen (vocals), Inti Gonzalez (percussion), Matt Myer (keyboards), Tomi Allen (vocals, guitars)

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Abstract Echoes of the Mind and Soul

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Support the creation of more global grooves and pay what you like!

You will receive streaming access and immediate download of Tomi Allen's debut album, Abstract Echoes of the Mind and Soul, plus get a backstage pass for access to exclusive content, bonus material and new music before anyone else hears it!

"You can hear the sounds intermingling like the ingredients in a blender cocktail, and Allen generally favours the combination of a cool groove and a sweet melody as smooth as a cold piña colada." - Stephen Cooke

"Stan Getz meets Pink Floyd, or Jefferson Airplane and Jack Johnson. It draws inspiration from a lot of sources, but carries a distinctly retro Caribbean feel." - The East.

Also available on Vinyl and CD at www.tomiallen.com, Obsolete Records, Taz Records, and in person.

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  1. 1 Shine On Me 04:27 Info
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  2. 2 On The Shelf 07:05 Info
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  3. 3 Tangled Web 05:16 Info
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  4. 4 A Ridiculous Dreamer 05:56 Info
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  5. 5 Fuel My Fire 03:54 Info
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  6. 6 This Time 03:19 Info
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  7. 7 Eye of a Storm 03:56 Info
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  8. 8 Tree of Dreams 04:49 Info
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  9. 9 With Some Help From My Friends 04:05 Info
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  10. 10 Livin' and Lovin' 04:02 Info
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  11. 11 Beyond The Horizon 05:30 Info
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September 1, 2015
The album is done! Woohoo!!! Just working on details now regarding the release and a crowd funding campaign so I can make actual CDs and records. The mixing and mastering process cleaned me out but it was worth it. Sounds great! Big thanks to Wynn Gogol at 1 Ton Studios for his fine work. Have a listen below and if you like what you hear please help me share the music and check back soon so you can get your own copy and more. I'll be offering cool options like downloads, vinyl, CDs, T-shirts, bonus tracks, videos, signed copies, collectors items, locks of hair, and more. With your help I hope to keep making more music to share with you and everyone else, so if you like what you hear please help spread the word and share, share, share! And if you got a sec, please 'like' my Facebook page. Every like helps - it's even used in factoring grant applications these days. Thanks! www.facebook.com/tomiallenmusic

April 23, 2015
Very excited to be organizing a really cool live music/art series for youth mental health (The Spot) called "Shine On Sundays" for every Sunday in May at Just Us! cafe in Halifax. So many great artists and the youth are coming together for it, plus me and my band mates. Pumped! More details coming next week.  

About Tomi Allen

Tomi Allen’s music is a melting pot of genres blending global grooves with hazy 70s beach vibes. Drawing on a wide variety of influences including classic rock, reggae, blues, latin, funk, flamenco, jazz, african and old school R&B. One song might get you grooving to a roots reggae beat with bluesy jazz infusions, the next might take you on a soulful exploration of Brazilian music or back in time on a psychedelic funk/rock trip. How to classify the overall sound is anyone’s guess but one thing is certain - Tomi’s mix-mash of musical styles is refreshingly unique. 

Growing up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Tomi began studying piano at an early age but it wasn’t until the age of fifteen that he really discovered his love for music through the guitar. He dug into classic rock and blues and followed rock and roll’s history back through time to the blues emulating as best he could the likes of Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Buddy Guy. After years of obsessing over the blues he met some funk/jazz musicians (Dylan Murray, Verbal Warnin') in need of a keyboardist for a reggae band and it proved to be a turning point. He was inspired to broaden his horizons and began exploring the world of reggae, funk and jazz through notable influences such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Ernest Ranglin, James Brown and Galactic. The next marked influences came during Tomi's sun-seeking, Canadian-winter-dodging adventures where the acoustic music of Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and Coldplay seemed a perfect complement to the backpacking, boats and beaches. His travels later took him to Spain and revealed flamenco guitar techniques he had heard on Gipsy Kings records during childhood but hadn’t quite been able to figure out by ear. The fire and flash of the complex style captivated his focus and humbled him once again. He went back into study mode and began piecing together the rhythms, scales, and intricate right-hand techniques that compose the fiery form. When it was time to travel again, South America was on the map and there he was introduced to a funky, jazzy, easy-grooving variety of Brazilian music - Bossa Nova and Samba. And being the sucker that he is for infectious rhythms and grooves - you guessed it - he began studying that music as well.  

All the while blues, classic rock, reggae, flamenco and other bum-shaking ear candy like soul, funk, old school R&B, African and Cuban music continued to circulate on his playlists.  

With such a broad backdrop of influences it is no wonder that Tomi’s music is different. Any given song could feature flamenco and latin fingerstyle guitar blended with bluesy, classic rock, reggae riffs; screaming psychedelic guitar solos, or simple but tasty leads. Such an unusual combination of influences has resulted in songwriting and guitar work that has a unique and percussive twist that is sure to get even more interesting as Tomi continues to seek more music beyond the horizon.

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The Tomi Allen Band: 
Mike Carroll - drums  
Vince Pettipas - bass  
Kristine Kovacevic - backing vocals
Kendra Breen - backing vocals, violin
Inti Gonzalez - percussion  
Matt Myer - keyboards, trumpet     
Tomi Allen - vocals, guitars

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4-SONG SAMPLER (MP3)
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Not sure if you want to buy the whole album? Want to support but don't have much money? Here's a little sample to wet your whistle. If you like it, the rest of the album will be here waiting for you should you decide to experience the full journey. Includes immediate download of the first four songs on the album and $5 discount towards the full album.

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Hi-Fi Album Download - Abstract Echoes of the Mind and Soul (WAV, 24-bit)
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Enjoy the sonic tapestry in high definition the same way it was heard during the mixing and mastering process. MP3s are great, but high fidelity audio is much warmer and contains more than 10x the information compared to mp3s. You can feel the difference - it's warmer, richer, fuller, and more alive.

You will receive the full album in high fidelity (24-bit, 44.1 kHz wav format) upon purchase and backstage pass for access to exclusive content and bonus material.

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Abstract Echoes of the Mind and Soul: SIGNED POSTCARD MAGNET
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Get a digital download of the album and a personalized postcard with the album art and a magnet on it! If a CD or vinyl record doesn't make sense but you still want something in your hand to stick on the fridge, keep as memento, or as a token of my appreciation for helping support the dream, this is for you! Includes digital download, backstage pass and shipping.

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T-shirt (includes digital download & backstage pass)
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100% cotton T-shirt with artwork by legendary Canadian graffiti artists Fatso and Tobin (aka. Cop1). The front features artwork for the single "A Ridiculous Dreamer". The back features an old school style black and white mural by Fatso "Abstract Echoes of the Mind & Soul".

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Abstract Echoes of the Mind & Soul   

ALBUM CREDITS  

All songs produced, engineered and composed by Tomi Allen except With Some Help From My Friends   
by John Lennon & Paul McCartney, arranged by Tomi Allen   
Recorded at Seaforth Studios, Halifax, NS, Canada   
Additional tracking at 1 Ton Studios, Victoria, BC, Canada   

Mixed & mastered by Wynn Gogol at 1 Ton Studios, Victoria, BC, Canada   

Tomi Allen - vocals, guitars, keyboards, organ, percussion, bass*, drums*   
Vince Pettipas - bass*   
David Mendel - drums*   
Adam Hewey - guitar**   
Samm Splash - backing vocals   
Leanne Hoffman - backing vocals   
Dinuk Wijeratne - synthesizer, piano on “Tree of Dreams”   

*Tomi plays drums and bass on “Tangled Web”   
**Adam plays electric guitar on “On The Shelf”,“Fuel My Fire” and “Livin' & Lovin'”   

Cover photo by Borbala Podor   
“Abstract Echoes of the Mind & Soul” cover art by Fatso   
Additional photos, artwork and layout by Tomi Allen   

This album was a labour of love, independently produced and funded through hard work, patience and perseverance. It is the culmination of a lifetime of music, travelling, dreaming, and learning. Many many thanks to all who took the time to offer feedback and encouragement along the way. This album would not exist or be the same without you. Special thanks to Borcsi and Dutch Robinson.   

Dream on. Always.

Available on:
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All music and video produced by Tomi Allen 
with the generous support of family and friends