I've been playing music my whole life. I'm 37 now. My grandmother, Ruth Allen, was a graduate from the prestigious Julliard School of Music in New York City and later moved with her husband and family to Nova Scotia. Here she and…Read more
*Solar Powered Global Grooves* (Pre-Sale)
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!
My goal is $3,000 for a digital EP (3 songs) or $10,000 for a full album.
You will receive streaming access, digital download, and access to everything before it is officially released, and most importantly, you will also 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
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 Dave Mendel (NYC), Vince Pettipas, Adam Hewey (Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound), and backing vocalists Samm Splash (Erin Costelo) and Leanne Hoffman (Cyndi Cain). Mixed and mastered by Harry Manx's go-to engineer Wynn Gogol with pre-production guidance from Dutch Robinson.
"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
"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.