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The Blues and Greens is Aaron’s third album and comes after a significant hiatus. In the three years since release of “Made of Wood” (2009), he has been writing and playing for local audiences, sometimes with friends but often on his own to the 150 people you can cram into a Madrid bar. As the album unfolds you feel that closeness in the songs and in the atmosphere that pervades them, though Aaron will tell you that the songs were not written with an audience in mind; they were just songs he wanted to sing.

The collection of songs was recorded in the summer of 2012 on the outskirts of Madrid. It is his first self arranged and produced work and was recorded and mixed by Brian Hernandez (El Guincho, Los Punsetes..). It is a record which doesn’t correspond to the immediate cultural moment, it does not shout or tug at your sleeve, but it does demand that you return again, and again, like true pop art should. It was a while in the making and the result of time and patience, subsequently, the songs themselves grow with each listen and seem to ask you to take your time as well. Subtly direct and powerful in the same way that his live performance and stage persona is unambiguous, the songs reward close attention with their unexpected depth.

Born in Hobart, Tasmania, raised in Sydney, Aaron has lived in the Ukraine and LA and spent the last ten years in Spain’s capital. In those ten years he has put out 3 studio albums, one EP and the soundtrack to a feature length Spanish film, Viaje a Surstey.

His voice has been compared to artists like Jeff Buckley, Roy Orbison and Thom Yorke while his style jumps around restlessly between country, folk, pop and the occasional polka. His influences include artists such as Elvis Perkins, Tony Joe White, Bo Diddley, Roy Orbison, DM Stith, Bonny Prince Billy and Elvis Costello

His first album FOLLOW THE ELEPHANTS (2008) received widespread acclaim and saw him playing festivals in and out of the country (Popkomm, Berlin, CMJ, New York, SXSW, Austin, Dia de la Musica, Madrid….).
His second album MADE OF WOOD (2009) was recorded in Iceland with producer Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjork, Bonny Prince Billy, Feist, Camille…) and was nominated 3 times at the Spanish Independent Music Awards, taking the prize for MTV’s best video.

  

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A estas alturas…

Ya no te comparan con otros cantantes, otros autores ni otros cantautores. Ya no comienzas a trabajar en una nueva obra con ansiedad de demostrar todo lo que tienes dentro, lo antes posible. No te enfrentas al público como si fuera una audición o una pelea. Ni te enfrentas; pasas el rato con ellos. Siempre vuelven a por más. A estas alturas ya te conoces y el afán de superación tiene mejor base porque estas compitiendo contigo mismo y con tus propias proezas.

Aaron Thomas es un cantante y compositor Australiano que empezó a escribir y tocar musica hace unos nueve años. Ha realizado giras por Australia, España y Estados Unidos. Residente en la actualidad en Madrid, acaba de publicar su tercer album titulado “The Blues and Greens” bien acompañado como siempre por la crema musical de Madrid, su ciudad adoptiva (y de Barcelona, en este caso). Ya quedaron ampliamente demostrados su instinto por la melodía que engancha de primeras en sus anteriores trabajos, “Follow The Elephants” (2007) y “Made of Wood” (2009), pero hay algo más aquí. Como si una serie de decisiones lógicas y ponderadas le hubieran llevado por un camino menos viajado. Y es que en tiempos en los que se pide, casi exige, facilidad, inmediatez, falta de rigor, y que el músico premia la falta de atención en quien escucha, Aaron ha hecho su disco más delicado, mas lleno de matices – más mesurado.

Quien lo escucha lo volverá a escuchar y cuidará de escucharlo con su gente más cercana. De la pausa y la ponderación Aaron y su…. equipo….. han conseguido una grabación, por contraste, directa. A estas alturas, ¿qué más se puede pedir?

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