Abstract Echoes of the Mind and Soul

Tomi Allen

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"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.

Available on Vinyl, CD, MP3 at www.tomiallen.com, Obsolete Records, Taz Records, Black Buffalo Records, and in person.

All prices support the creation of more music. You will receive immediate download of the full album upon purchase and get a backstage pass for access to exclusive content and bonus material.

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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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A Hi-Fi sonic journey through dreams and darkness.​  
  
Composed in 4 continents while travelling through 30 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.  

Composed of 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.      

Take the trip. 

All music and video produced by Tomi Allen
with the generous support of family and friends.


Available online and at Obsolete Records, Taz Records & Black Buffalo Records

"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 

"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." - Lacey Little, The East (read the review


"Tomi Allen balances light and dark moods with world-spanning songs on his new CD." 
- Stephen Cooke, Local XPress (read the article)
 

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ALBUM CREDITS

All songs produced, engineered and composed by Tomi Allen except Track 9
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.
Abstract Echoes of the Mind and Soul - Song Map

Abstract Echoes of the Mind and Soul - Song Map