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TOM SLATTER

Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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English composer, singer and songwriter Tom SLATTER is based out of London, and besides being perhaps a bit more interested in steampunk than the average Englishman he's also been a member of various bands over the years.

In 2009 he decided that it was time to establish himself as a solo artist, and he's released two full length albums and a handful of singles and EPs since then, which have received praise and acclaim from fellow steampunkers and progressive rock fans in the know alike.

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3.50 | 2 ratings
Spinning the Compass
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ironbark
2011
3.83 | 11 ratings
Three Rows of Teeth
2013
3.78 | 9 ratings
Fit the Fourth
2015
4.00 | 3 ratings
Happy People
2017

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Seven Curses / Lines in the Dirt
2010
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Steam Engine Murder and the Trial of Seven Bells John
2010
3.00 | 2 ratings
Shoot Every Ghost
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
Papercuts Sunlight Snow
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Mother's Been Talking To Ghosts Again
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Engine That Played Through Their Honeymoon
2012
3.95 | 3 ratings
Earthbound
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Warden's Song
2013
3.45 | 6 ratings
Through These Veins
2014
4.00 | 1 ratings
Black Water
2014

TOM SLATTER Reviews


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 Happy People by SLATTER, TOM album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Happy People
Tom Slatter Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars Back in 2014 Tom asked me to review one of his EP's, but until now that was the only music I had heard of his, so when this his fifth full-length studio album arrived I was looking forward to see what else he had been up to. As I was undertaking some research I managed to come across an old press release of his, where it states 'What would it sound like if Nick Cave started writing songs with Genesis after watching too many episodes of Dr Who? How many songs about replacing your body parts with mechanical alternatives is too many? Does the world need a steampunk/sci-fi inspired prog rock act? Tom Slatter set out to answer none of these questions, but accidentally did. Described by the Steampunk Chronicle as, 'an experiment too far', Tom's music sits somewhere between folk singer-songwriter, prog rock and indie rock of the Radiohead and Mansun ilk.'

I actually think the best way to describe Tom's music is as 'English', nothing more or less. It is progressive, very much in the crossover vein, but it is hard to imagine this music being delivered by anyone who hadn't grown up in that green and pleasant land. He has an acute observation that is reminiscent of Geoff Mann and John Dexter Jones (note: I am fully aware that JDJ is Welsh and would be traumatized at being called English) and a musical style on this album that is very akin to Jump in their prime. It is quite difficult to do anything else while playing this album (I soon gave up on my book when listening to this the first time), as it drags in the listener, demanding that they pay attention. There is the feeling that this album has been crafted from finest mahogany by a skilled artisan, as opposed to having plastic poured into a mold by automaton.

It is quite different to most of the prog that is around, and all the better for that. All in all this is a special album indeed.

 Happy People by SLATTER, TOM album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Happy People
Tom Slatter Crossover Prog

Review by Cetacean282

4 stars Tom Slatter - Happy People. It was a dark, dystopian, near future, probably a Monday when the fabled Tom Slatter 5th Album slipped through a crack in time, post marked Bridlington ? City of Culture. It had landed on the coir mat of the old farmhands' cottage with a squelch; strange I would expect a thud, but a squelch it was. The Album had come from the future, with all the procrastination involved in its production there was no way it had come from the present. A mirror universe, hence the term "Mubla", a word non-word, that I believe I may have coined, this was rapidly absorbed by the select group geared to encouraging this project to be completed. I released in from its transit envelope in a jiffy, and smelt the packaging. The scent of Old Spice, Brut 33, and Riggwelter permeated the air; from this I deduced through time via Yorkshire. Placed in the steam driven laptop, the security software coughed, yelped, and fell silent. I was going to have to listen without protection. Happy People. A strange title given the pessimistic questions it posed, of Tom's and many of the rest, of us' fears of the future to come. It's a promising start, and upbeat; prog not prog. This was the declaration of the head Elephant, I agree in part, but conceptually, lyrically and with the shape of the words and music that take shape in the ether, it is progressive enough. It hints at progs past, hidden in a chamber of many doors where toast is consumed with evil jam intentional or not, it is there, I read one review of Tom's vocal performance, I was disappointed, Tom is a singer/songwriter and there imbues his music with the feelings and emotions of the words he wrote; it is fine, and not even the rumours of 20000 monkey's with typewriters over seen by a lederhosen clad gang master in a remote German village in preparation for album 6, can dissuade me as such. Rumours, just rumours. It is a jaunty little number, even when you the words their meaning, Mr S is a minstrel, a troubadour, a sort of John Cooper Clark or Billy Bragg, but with better diction. It is a voice that represents Tom culturally as well as sonically, and perhaps the many years under the tutelage of Chorister Stan, a strange misfit who took to wearing his robes full time; that have informed Tom's vocal performance. Is he posh? I think not. Even when addressing his future fears, that face of adversity trait oft found in people, the artists' observation and wit shine through. Perhaps more so with an immanent election with a selection of candidates no one wants to choose. How does he address his concerns? With song about them, and I hold no belief in the gossip of an accompanying dance, pish! Different songs, different concerns, different voices and one that expresses them well; a singer who sings his own songs. Does Ed the Red (Sheeran) get the same critique of his art? Satellites, watching, observing, but who watches the watchers? Privacy gone, or is it the future or may be the past? Work camps, history or mystery, who knows come what May. I admire the manner in which such worries are addressed. Each song paints a picture, and perhaps they are painted black, but fear is a motivation for change and before the time that the policeman's tears will flow. There is so much variety here, it is a clever album (smart Alec), diverse in style, but to my ears still crossover prog at its core. People who follow Tom (and the stalkers) will be Happy. The Evil music mogul has been reported as smiling. Tom is "Happy" ? Before I sound too maudlin, I do like this album very much, it has a darkness like the cyber novels of Jeff Noon, but with a hint of hope (hope, we'll soon stop that). Yes, with the current state of the world (Even Then) We're Scared, but where better than music to seek to address our fears. Fire. Flower.Heart. Romantic? Well sort of, and yet throughout this album the music has a life and an energy that carries you with it. His worst vocal is on Tracking Signals, it's an instrumental, which in itself may be a taste of the threatened album with no words (monkeys on strike for better working conditions). It is not a chore to listen, and by the time words have been composed into sentences (vaguely), I have listened many times, sang along (now that is bad), mubla'd a bit, and played again. Two remaining tracks, both spirited and laced with darkness. But should you add this to your burgeoning Bad Elephant collection? Quirky? Well what is normal anyway? It is a valuable piece, it's fun (don't say that, he'll get cross). Buy it so he may purchase more hair products for his flowing locks, one must look after the Poet L'Oréal. (Damn, needs more puns!). It is a great album, all those years spent at the grind stone, occasionally more than just looking at it, the trials and tribulations of the choir years, to produce this, yes, indeed we have much to thank Cassock Stan for. Please note, due to my desire to frequently pun, Tom has actually banned me from listening. Needless to say, I have ignored him. You, Prog reader should not however, or you will miss a very good album. Tom will be making live appearances latter in the year, some with a band! I have a portable grassy knoll. Can I go back to Lab 558 now please?

Tracks Happy People A Name In A File Satellites Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said Even Then We're Scared Fire Flower Heart Tracking Signals Set Light To The Sky All Of The Dark

Musicians Tom Slatter Vocals, Guitar Daniel Bowles Backing vocals, guitars, keyboards Jordan Brown Bass, Backing Vocals, Keyboards Michael Cairns Drums Suzette Stamp Backing Vocals

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 Through These Veins by SLATTER, TOM album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
3.45 | 6 ratings

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Through These Veins
Tom Slatter Crossover Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

4 stars Tom Slatter is a British musician that has been producing lots of material since his first album, Spinning The Compass (2009) which was released five years ago. Basically almost every year Tom had something new released.

Last year I got to know his music with the great album Three Rows Of Teeth (2013) (review HERE: progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=999743). This year he's releasing a series of EPs and the first one is called Through These Veins (2014) which I'll be reviewing in the next lines.

Through These Veins (2014) has four tracks and the EP is connected to his next EP and a full album, all releases for this year, telling a story about a rogue surgeon who starts to make his experiments with living beings and starts to transform them into living sculptures? macabre? Yes, Tom's music is not your everyday topic thing, his Steampunk background makes him very unique in the Prog world.

So the story starts with 'I Am Not Your Heart' that is a treat for the ear, the track is a little pearl full of weird and interesting guitars. In the next one, 'Segue ? I Am An Artist' we have a small dark tale, almost as a little movie. Although the ideas of the songs are fantastic and the instrumental is rich Tom's vocals in the EP are not really up with the music, for me they don't match with the high quality of the compositions. And this is weird cause his vocals on Three Rows Of Teeth (2013) were very good!

The third track on Through These Veins (2014) 'Without My Medicine', though interesting, is an alien in this EP with its electronic Pop sound. It's a weak track and there's not much to say about it, really. The title-track closes Through These Veins (2014) very well. Initially, it starts with a little piano and it follows with a weird sounding guitar in a waltz rhythm. A really good and different track!

Through These Veins (2014) besides being short (it's an EP after all) is a great presentation of Tom Slatter's music. Despite the weak vocals in some moments the four tracks presented here are very interesting and very well recorded and produced.

His second EP of the mad scientist series, Black Water (2014) is already out and will be interesting to follow his strange tale step by step. I'll be waiting to know the ending!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

 Through These Veins by SLATTER, TOM album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
3.45 | 6 ratings

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Through These Veins
Tom Slatter Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

3 stars If you go to Tom's website at www.tomslatter.co.uk you will be greeted with "Hello! My name is Tom Slatter and I write the sort of music you'd get if Genesis started writing songs with Nick Cave after watching too much Dr. Who." So there you have it. As if that isn't enough, what about this? "What could be more prog rock than a concept album? 'Two concept EPs and a concept album,' is Tom Slatter's answer. In his continuing effort to jump on the prog rock bandwagon, Tom has made the commercially savvy decision to dedicate the next twelve months to composing and recording two EPs and one album about the same story, including a twenty minute epic to crown the whole project off sometime in the Autumn. The first step in this cynical, conceptual sell out is Through These Veins, an EP that tells the story of a rogue surgeon who starts turning her patients into macabre living sculptures. 'My songs are usually driven by narrative, and this is no exception. In particular I was thinking about albums like Outside by David Bowie, or Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche. 'Plus, I saw all these English prog rock guys coining it in with their long songs and concept albums and I thought ? I need a piece of that. Matt Stevens drives a limousine you know. Alan Reed takes a private jet to the studio every single day,' said Tom."

Okay, so the last time I looked Alan was working at the BBC, so I think that some of the above statements are a little tongue in cheek, but it does give an idea of the sort of thinking that goes on inside the very strange world that is Tom's brain. This music should be very carefully labeled, as take it from me this is not something that will immediately make the listener think that it is essential, and will more likely elicit the "this is awful, what are you doing playing this?" response. Luckily for me my brain is used to me ignoring my ears and playing music more than once, and the more I played this the more I got inside Tom's twisted, dark and surreal world.

As I kept playing it, the more I realized the great depth there was inside, and apart from the insidious and annoying drum machine I found that I was actually enjoying this a great deal. It is definitely music from left field, and Tom's vocals definitely fit with the overall feel. I realize that all things included, this is a rather lengthy review for a four-track EP that is only eighteen minutes long, but hopefully this will entice you to give this a chance, as music as out there as this deserves to be heard.

 Three Rows of Teeth by SLATTER, TOM album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.83 | 11 ratings

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Three Rows of Teeth
Tom Slatter Crossover Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

4 stars Usually, Prog Rock comes in the band format. It's not that common to find solo artists in the Prog World. It's not that they don't exist, it's just that generally Prog Rock is a team effort where each part plays a vital role in one's sound, even if you have just one person in the band writing the songs.

In the solo world you have two kinds of artists: first, the ones that do everything by themselves because they want to have total control of their work (or maybe because they couldn't find the right people to have a band with). Second, the ones that rely on a fixed band or some good musician friends to have their own sound. On which side lies Tom Slatter music?

Tom Slatter is on the first side of the solo artists, the ones that do everything on their own. Three Rows Of Teeth (2013) is the musician's third album and my first contact with his music, but according to his own words, he tried to sound more Prog and more electric on this album. There's basically no info on the CD about the instruments and possible musicians, just that Tom did everything, so, that's it!

Three Rows of Teeth (2013) was released in March and follows in from his previous album Iron Bark (2011). The album is a steampunk narrative. But I couldn't find the kind of story was being told. There's NO info at all on the digipack and no booklet too. But the cover is a pretty damn good one. If you're not familiar with Tom's music you can download his previous works on Bandcamp in the 'pay what you want' model (tomslatter.bandcamp.com/).

'Three Rows Of Teeth', the title-track and also the opener is the most interesting piece of music I've heard this year so far. Full of time changes, great melodies and the instruments sound alive, as if a band is playing, not a solo artist. Great track! 'Mother's Been Talking To Ghosts Again' follows the same path as the opening track, a great Prog track with lots of hidden keyboards.

'Self Made Man', the third track, is more acoustic and a bit weird, with a bunch of noises popping out all the time. This track sounds as a solo effort really. 'The Engine That Played Through Their Honeymoon' is a waltz kind of song and it's a bit weak.

Fifth track, 'Dance Dance Dance' is one of my favorites on the album. In fact, my favorite side in Tom Slatter's music is when he plays the Prog, his acoustic side is a bit ordinary for me. 'These Tiny Things Are Haunting Me' comes in sequence and it's a very odd piece of music. It tries to combine several weird keyboards with a twisted drum beat, counterpoint guitars and melodic vocals.

If you listen to the album you'll notice that each two songs are a 'part', each two songs are kinda connected. So in the last part of the album nothing more natural than having a 3 parts song: 'The Time Traveler Suite'. Part 1 'What We Say Three Times Is True' is brilliant! In its 8:38 you'll have fast passages, great melodies and breaks within the song. Part 2 'Rise Another Leaf' is more melodic with acoustic guitars filling all the blank spaces. Part 3 'Love Letters And Entropy' the third and final part of the suite is once again on the twist side with many different moods and good strange vocals. But not without a good and clever break in the middle part with acoustic guitars. In the end returning to craziness. Tom Slatter's Three Rows Of Teeth (2013) is a great example of 'self-made' music where you can enjoy both complex and regular music with deep pleasure. It is also a very good stop for steampunk lovers. Tom himself is a lover of the theme.

Three Rows Of Teeth (2013) deserves at least a hearing on Bandcamp with attention, and if you do so, you'll probably buy it.

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

 Earthbound by SLATTER, TOM album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
3.95 | 3 ratings

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Earthbound
Tom Slatter Crossover Prog

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars According to the artist, "This track was improvised using a couple of guitar takes, three synth takes and three vocal takes. Words were produced via randomiser which I then edited." This song is incredibly mellow, the musical equivalent of drifting through the clouds. It sounds like it belongs in the dream sequence of an indie film. The vocal delivery is akin to John Wetton, but I am reminded of The Ninth Wave from Kate Bush's The Hounds of Love. It is rare to hear someone do so much with two chords. "Earthbound" generates mixed feelings of being lost but having a sense of calm peacefulness all the same.
 Shoot Every Ghost by SLATTER, TOM album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Shoot Every Ghost
Tom Slatter Crossover Prog

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars 'Shoot Every Ghost' is a gentle acoustic song with light percussion. The main guitar rings out clearly and sweetly. However, the muddy electric guitar in the background doesn't suit the rest of the music, rather adding a layer of noise. The vocals have a slightly undependable singer-songwriter quality here, singing words that seem to describe the ultimate, unforgiving end of a relationship. The contrast here is that of warm and inviting music paired with cold and pitiless lyrics. 'Shoot Every Ghost' is a decent and appealing single that beckons me toward Tom Slatter's other works. It makes one wonder what he can do in the context of a full album.
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