Black Water (2014) is the second of his concept EPs, following on from Through These Veins (2014), an EP that contained songs about rogue surgeons, body horror and suspended animation. Realising that the first EP’s high concept, narrative songs might be a little too Prog for some, Tom is trying a different tack with the new CD. He explains: ‘I tried writing some more confessional, singer-songwriter type songs. The idea was to focus on acoustic instruments and sing about my feelings. But I ended up singing about werewolves instead’.
Black Water (2014) is a collection of four acoustic songs detailing moments in the life of Seven Bells John, a character that first came to life Tom’s ten minute Steamprog song ‘The Steam Engine Murders And The Trial Of Seven Bells John’. The character was seen again in the songs and accompanying short story for Through These Veins (2014), and has in fact been popping up in his songs for the last 5 years.
‘The fourth track on the new EP deliberately harks back to one on my first album and narratively speaking the title track from Black Water (2014) takes place in the middle of the title track from my second album, Iron Bark (2011). I’ve always been a fan of narrative music, like Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche, or Coheed And Cambria’s multi-album concept stuff, and these news songs really follow that tradition.’
Once the EP is released on 15th July, Tom will begin work on the full-length album that will conclude the series.
Black Water (2014) will be released on Tuesday 15th July and will available in 3 forms:
The Pay-What-You-Want version (Just the 4 tracks, no frills), The Paid-For download version (You get the four tracks, plus a bonus remix of ‘Lines Overheard at a Séance’ from my first album and a short story that fits in with the EP) and The Physical version (This is the CD, plus the download, extra tracks and short story).
1. Black Water
3. Moon In The Water
4. Ghosts In My Dreams
5. Lines Overheard At A Séance (Bonus 2014 Version)
To pre order your copy check THIS LINK.