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Born and based in Germany, Thomas Thielen (SCYTHE) is the person behind the two albums so far released under the project name t. Initially a keyboard player, he started taking piano lessons in 1980. One year prior to finishing those he joined a band in 1992. Although that experience apparently was rather uneventful, it lead to Thielen changing his choice of main instrument; and during his tenure with this group he decided to start learning the guitar.

Soon after he joined a blues band as bassist; but that did not last too long either. It was a useful experience nonetheless; as the lack of rehearsing, planning and innovation led Thielen to want to do the exact opposite in his music. Around this time he started checking out a band called Marillion; which subsequently made him discover early 70's Genesis. While looking up this "mythic" music he also started taking singing lessons; from what one can read on his homepage, this was the start of a long and still ongoing journey of discovery and evolvement.

POWDS CON FUSION was the next band project Thielen got involved in; and after this outfit folded three members from that band, including Thielen, formed SCYTHE along with a bass player.
The recording of SCYTHE's second album "Divorced land" was a nice learning experience for Thielen, and a direct result of the knowledge acquired in those sessions was that he set up his own home studio. Galileo Records, who had released this production, was persuaded to release Thielen's first solo production "Naive" in 2002; issued under the moniker t.

The release was met with critical acclaim, and work began on a second solo album soon after. This follow-up release, "Voices" was issued by Galileo Records in 2006.

Taking cues from early GENESIS, Thielen has created two albums where this symphonic foundation has been mixed with impulses from acts like MARILLION (Hogarth era), PORCUPINE TREE and GAZPACHO; modern symphonic rock with leanings towards ambient music. t was suggested to and approved by the Neo progressive team.

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 Fragmentropy by T album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.90 | 170 ratings

T Neo-Prog

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Reading the reviews on PA, I got that feeling that this was one of those albums I should just buy and try to get into it without listening to it prior to purchase. Many reviewers noted the complex and challenging music. I had to know what this was all about.

First, this is a full plate of music, running at just over 76 minutes. To add to that, the atmosphere of the album generally doesn't deviate much even though the music itself is creative and at times, yes, challenging. The atmosphere is for the most part very solemn and almost depressive except that there does always seem to be a ray of hope in there. It's like a good-hearted person is going through some great personal emotional trial but still manages to raise his head from time to time and add a hint of a smile to one corner of his mouth. We are going to get through this. "The Black of White" is possibly the song with the most positivity on the album, though it is sometimes quite heavy as in metal.

It's not a cherry album and 76 minutes of this might seem like too much. Fortunately, their are brief moments of intensity with some heavy crashing music or some abruptly frantic "proggy" exercises, or in a couple of songs, like "Brand New Mornings" and "The Black of White" some almost whimsical lyrics and music a la classic Genesis. T's PA bio mentions similarities to Gazpacho, Porcupine Tree and Marillion. I might add a bit of Radiohead in there as well, for the depressive side and also some Van der Graaf Generator for the vocal style at times, especially one part in "The Black of White". There's one part near the end of "Brand New Mornings" where a sad and breaking voice says, "I sit in here in this chair while you play guitar and sing. And I feel so honoured". Another line, in the song "Uncertainty" proclaims in a heavy Bowie voice, "I'm sorry. I'm leaving you". "If you love me, please stay home tonight." Not an album to play in the car with your spouse and kids while on the way to the zoo.

One of the big pluses to this album is that we never know what to expect. The songs are more like a flow of consciousness rather than following any formal structure. There might be some delicate minor key piano with a soft synthesizer in the background and T's vocals (which always remind me of David Bowie singing "China Girl") and then the music will turn more uplifting with double-tracked vocals, one in higher register, and then a thundering explosion of emotive music followed by soft acoustic guitar, piano, and maybe a woodwind instrument. The thing that impresses me is how naturally the parts flow together. I don't feel there's a conscious effort to go "now we change tempo and rhythm... Go!" Like a true stream of consciousness, each subsequent part flows from the previous one.

Where this might be a negative aspect is that it is easy to listen to this album without knowing when one song has ended and another has begun. Add to that the length of the songs, three over 13 minutes long and all but two over 8 minutes, and the fact that there is no clear break between the songs, it is difficult to know what track is playing. A change in the music doesn't mean a new track has started and neither does any nanosecond pause. Throw a song on a mixed playlist and you can hear the abrupt start and finish to the recording, clearly sounding like it was cut out from a flowing piece of work. As such, it is preferable I find to treat this like a continuous performance of music rather than cutting and pasting tracks. Shuffling the album is not recommended.

Overall, the music is composed and arranged with great skill and attention. It is a remarkable piece of work and perhaps more so knowing that, unless I've missed something, T (Thomas Thielen) plays everything: guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, brass and wood winds, and cello maybe, too. There is music here that is beautiful and wonderful and at times exciting in spite of the general absence of cheer.

Where this album will possibly turn off some listeners is in the melancholic atmosphere and the avoidance of any recognizable song structure. Some may not like T's voice but I find it very suitable to the music and a refreshing change from the many higher register prog singers I hear often. The album requires time to get through and in my opinion isn't a good one for pulling off favourite tracks. It's not going to be one for regular enjoyment but when I can devote the time and attention to it, "Fragmentropy" will be a special listening experience.

 Fragmentropy by T album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.90 | 170 ratings

T Neo-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I had actually forgotten that I had reviewed a T album a number of years ago, in fact it was "Naive" his debut. Let's just say he's come a long way even if i'm not that into the music here. I also reviewed "Divorced Land" from one of his earlier projects called SCYTHE that I liked more than that "Naive" record. This is a one man project from German Therry Thiellen and we get around 76 minutes of music here.

"A Sky-High Pile Of Anarchy" opens with not much going on until before 1 1/2 minutes when we start to get these outbursts that come and go. The sound is fuller 3 1/2 minutes in followed quickly by female whispered words then fragile male vocals. It really doesn't kick into gear until after 5 1/2 minutes and this sounds much better in my opinion. We get a really enjoyable sound 9 minutes in. Some emotion as well before 11 minutes. Nice. It turns sad around 13 minutes to the end. "Brand New Mornings" hits the ground running with some impressive synth and guitar work. Vocals a minute in but i'm not a big fan of them. Some silliness before 2 minutes as the song will continue to change in mood and tempo, although a melancholic mood rules overall on this one. A nice guitar solo 7 1/2 minutes in followed by some crazy synths 2 minutes later as the drums pound. It's sad with spoken words before 11 1/2 minutes. "Uncertainty" opens with keys and fragile vocals then it picks up before a minute. Another calm follows then we get some organ 3 minutes in. I like the lyrics "I'm sorry i'm leaving you now... i'm sorry I cancelled my vow."

Next up is "Entanglement" at just under 17 minutes. A piano intro lasts until before 2 1/2 minutes when it all kicks in including the vocals. I'm not into this. The piano returns as it settles down again. Sax after 4 1/2 minutes. Sampled voices 9 minutes in and I like the music backing them up. It's quite spacey until almost 14 minutes in and we get a great sound from here until the end. I do feel the album finishes fairly strongly with the last three songs beginning with "Eigenstates". Not much going on here until it picks up after 1 1/2 minutes. I like the guitar/ piano section 3 1/2 minutes in with vocals and more. Piano and fragile vocals 5 minutes in and then it builds. That's my second most favourite song on here. "The Black Of White" has such a good sound to it early on, I like how urgent it sounds. That doesn't last long though. The fast paced vocals before 3 minutes are interesting. A calm follows before it picks up again. I like the closing section. "Shades Of Silver" is my favourite. A nice mellow/ spacey intro as vocals join in after a minute. It kicks in around the 5 minute mark to an emotional section which is followed by a reflective instrumental passage to close out the album.

This just really isn't an album that does a lot for me despite finishing strongly. I'm glad I checked back into T's world though.

 Fragmentropy by T album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.90 | 170 ratings

T Neo-Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Thomas Thielen (aka T) has been an artist always on my radar, though I only possessed his Scythe experiment, and over the years I noticed the reviews of his previous 4 releases without plunging in. Why, you may care to ask? Well, I just do not know. Maybe there is a certain angst about one man projects being totally successful, though that is a pure excuse. Rob Reed, the Psychedelic Ensemble, Patchwork Cacophony, the mercurial Colin Mold, Like Wendy, Andy Jackson, Eureka, Cosmos Dream and Patrick Broguiere have all released masterful albums that defy the criticism of one-man showmanship being a superiority complex gone haywire. So I finally relented and gave this a purchase consent and I have been dissecting it ever since. As mentioned by many other pundits, this is a too sizeable slab to digest in one easy setting, extremely dense and laden with endless symphonic structures, sudden pastoral pools, a dark sonic chiffonade that defies the common, oodles of special effects and temperamental vicissitudes. T certainly can master all the instruments, the bass lines are highly efficient, the overall keyboard work simply fabulous (piano and e-piano in particular) but it's the attention to detail that really throws one for a loop and forces the repeat button to being abused.

The voice is at times eerily close to Steve Hoggarth, Gazpacho's Jan-Erik Ohme, Riversea's Marc Atkinson or fellow German Marco Glühmann of Sylvan fame. T studied and was deeply influenced by the Marillion connection (a rather common revelation for many aspiring musicians in the mid-80s). A multi-part opus with an avalanche of fragments (hence the title) that defy the norms, constantly seeking out new sonic planes and highlighting an unending source of inspiration. I really like the Bartok analogy a lot, as I had once witnessed alive classical concert that featured a famous Strauss piece that went down almost anti-climactically while the Bartok segment was drenched in perspiration, raw emotion and an almost DeMaupassant/Kafka feel, a gripping, impenetrable and intense experience. This stupendous oeuvre has some moments that recall Edison's Children in many ways, including the symphonic structure and the neo stylistics, draping curtains of velvet anxiety and melancholic exhilaration in well-structured fragments that fit together perfectly in some instances and then offer jagged edged stimulations that appear out of nowhere.

With "Chapter1- A Sky-High Pile of Anarchy ", a 14 minutes plus introduction , the prog propellers are whirring with gasping turbo-charged abandon, slipstreaming through the clouds and yearning for some unforeseeable relief. Though not some other critic's choice, 'Fragmentrophy's fog, smog, and drizzle does titillate me'. Truth is that one cannot fault the titanic musical effort displayed here but it does have accessibility issues which may scare off a few potential fans, making it rebellious, non-conformist and susceptible to rejection. Clanging guitars, an angelic soaring voice and a spiralling whirlwind melody that grabs one by the throat, the thrill is intact. "Brand New Mornings" inserts a more conventional melody, loaded up with multi-part vocal harmonies, Thomas' fatigued voice really induces thought and concern, a depressed version of Queen perhaps, complete with a series of searing, soaring guitar solos that screech wildly.

Chapter 2 really captures the essence of this album, encompassing three strong pieces, the opener "Uncertainty" contains a remarkable melody and a glorious vocal effect-laden performance, remindful of the lead vocalists mentioned earlier, achingly poignant and stirring, a near perfect neo-prog classic. Things get murky and trauma-like on the spidery "Entanglement", a 16 minute epic web of thin filaments of inspiration, a mesh of clashing contrasts, deep dips and swerving loops, slashing waves of the hand, unending sense of angst and undisclosed claustrophobia. A distraught saxophone blaring briefly amid some outright David Bowie vocal gymnastics (Major Thom?), pleading choir work and lush orchestrations where both dramatic keys and edgy guitars build the wall of sound. A defeatist and anguished piano extols some sense of vanquish, broken shards of crystal glass embedded into a crimson velvet curtain, bleeding rivulets of brown plasma pooling at your feet. Hush now, sweet black widow, hush now! "Eigenstates" serves as a fine and final addendum to the previous megalith, a misty, foggy maelstrom of effects, swooning orchestrations and muted voice. Poignant, emotive, bathing in minimalist anguish, one cannot help to think of Talk Talk's "Spirit of Eden", in terms of mood and substance. The shrieking guitar blasts only heighten the sizzle, the stark voice unflinching in its desperation.

The final chapter is composed of two pieces, "the Black of White" being a feistier affair, armed with a slight dissonance, compositional ebb and flow, twinkling guitar in the background and urgency up front on the microphone. Lots of mighty vocal twists, whisper to shout, fragmented like a symphonic jigsaw puzzle, and definitely psychotic and crazed, like Queen gone berserk! Then throw in a little "School's Out "reference (Alice Cooper) and you get what I mean! This overpowering piece has so many nods and winks , one would throw in the entire kitchen , let alone the sink. The finale is a gentle, windswept soundtrack "Shades of Silver" swims into dreamy Hoggarth-era Marillion, though in a more ambient and atmospheric mode. Thomas' pleading voice yearns for some untold deliverance, and ultimately, relief arrives on a synthesized wave of colossal sound and fury, conducted by a rabidly clanging guitar riff and tectonic drumming.

There is no immediacy to this demanding work, it has to be revisited often in various social circumstances, analyzing where and how it can fit into any easy pigeon-hole that would make it easier for everyone to understand, digest and enjoy this complicated, somewhat acerbic piece opus. Fans of Marillion, Edison's Children and such will and should flock to this interesting and yet highly challenging work. The artwork is quite disturbing as well, with various photos that seek to shock and perhaps even awe.

4 sonic puzzles

 Fragmentropy by T album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.90 | 170 ratings

T Neo-Prog

Review by domrep

5 stars Thielen's newest work may also be his best. Fragmentropy includes the hooklines that were so typical of Anti-Matter Poetry and his early work (as far as I know it!) and for Scythe and introduces them to the complexity in the flow of Psychoanorexia, his 2012 album. "A Sky High Pile of Anarchy" in this context marks a milestone in what new prog could sound like and reminds me a lot of Steven Wilson's ideas on his first solo albums and no-man. Thielen also introduces influences of New Wave into his version of progressive rock, which is refreshing and gives it a very special flavor. "Uncertainty" might be one of the best instances of melodic, yet rhythmically very weird music that I have come across. Completely hummable melody, yet I have not yet been able to figure out the actual time signature of what seems to be the stanzas. Another highlight within the overall greatness is surely "Entanglement", that mixes neoprog sounds and Talk Talk - like ideas with industrial rhythms. Again, the most striking thing is the melodies, that just stick in your head forever. "The Black of White" is a wonderful comedy, and also a funny walk through the history of progressive rock. Thielen nails it in every genre he briefly visits, making you dizzy with the jumps and twists the music makes. Then "Shades of Silver" is pure emotion and brings the album to a calmer, yet extremely intense ending.

5 stars.

 Fragmentropy by T album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.90 | 170 ratings

T Neo-Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

4 stars I have been intrigued by the music of Thomas Thielen since I first purchased his excellent album, Anti-Matter Poetry back in 2010. His music has gotten more complex, more enigmatic, and, unfortunately, more inaccessible to me since that time. His album themes are quite complex and imaginative, conceptually speaking, perhaps a bit too cerebral for me. Or perhaps his music is too dependent on his lyrics--which I am not one to necessarily tune into. What has confounded me about this album and his last, Psychoanorexia, is how foreign his melodic and harmonic sensibilities are to me. Listening to T for me is a bit like listening to Schoenberg or Stravinsky or Bartok: the structures and flow are confusing and not engaging. In fact, I rarely feel connected or familiar with ANY melody, rhythmic flow, or chordal harmony during any of his songs! And yet I am fascinated by them! I KNOW they are well thought out, well composed, and, of course, very personal. Perhaps that is where Thomas' growth is yet to come: connecting his mental and musical genius with a larger audience (at least, larger than himself). I know there are many others who love Thomas' music and rate him very highly for it. I rate him highly for his skill and production value. I would have trouble rating his music higher than four stars until I can connect with it, remember it, feel compelled to return to it. Not since "Phantom Pain Scars" have I felt this way (though "The Irrelevant Love Song" and the first part of The Cure-ish "The Aftermath of Silence" were pretty good, too). It was upon my fourth or fifth run through Fragmentropy that I was finally able to put some words to my frustration with "getting INTO" Thomas fine work. Also, I think that his vocals are often muddied by the way they are mixed into the thick of his often busy and multi-directional instrumental tracks. Still this is an amazing set of compositions that will probably bring a lot of joy and interest to a lot of progressive rock lovers. Check it out for yourself to find out if T clicks for you!
 Fragmentropy by T album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.90 | 170 ratings

T Neo-Prog

Review by AndreaW

5 stars I was very skeptical about this album, as there is a big hype going on about "T" at the moment. And don't we all mistrust hypes? The last hype I could not understand at all was about the new Riverside record: "Love, peace and a timemachine" might be a pleasant listen, but it s nothing like the groundbreaking new prog standard for me. I was rather bored, actually.

So when I checked out "T" at, I did not expect much. One man projects tend to be self-induljent to the limits. Not much about the music, more about the musician and his favourite instrument... Daryl Stuermer comes to mind...

But this is NOT AT ALL the case here. "T" gets a band playing compositions. A band of musicians wh who know their place and know when to step forward and when to step back. You really have to re remind yourself that it is actually one man being that band. But a band it clearly is.

"A Skyhigh Pile of Anarchy" introduces us to a soaring sadness. An undertow of aggression and fr frustration can be felt. A certain alertness. The bass is very prominent at first, and a lot of samples an and drum loops attack from everywhere. The vocals set in whispering. The mood of the song ch changes into a real rocker, coolness alert! This is how U2 always wanted to sound since "Rattle an and Hum"... Another mood shift, and we re in heaven, everything soft, revelations and elevations... or or is it sarcasm? "T" does not make that clear and keeps us on our tows.

"Brave New Mornings" is really a caleidoscope of those fragments that the title mentions. The lyrics tell us about mood swings, and the music follows. There is flamenco, there is Dream Theater, there is classic prog, there is Flower Kings, there is Marillion, there is Kansas. Yet there is just referenc references, not blunt copies. My favorite song!

"Uncertainty" goes deeper into melodies. So much happening! Choirs, many voices countering, Gentle Gentle Giant comes to mind.

"Entanglement" explores a lot more quiet atmospheres. The refrain (?) is a wonderful wash of guit guitars and has a gripping melody. The lyrics again balance sarcasm and sorrow. I love those!

"Eigenstates" has a bit of Pink Floyd and a lot of Gazpacho. This is the first "song" that actually has it its own structure, but it fits in just as well. Great keyboard sounds.

"The Black in White" is pure innuendo! "T" goes through all the genres and tells the story of a someone meeting a woman and it goes awfully wrong. This is pure self-irony, as a lot of proggressive proggressive rock standards are touched upon. There is even a part in "Quenja"!

"Shades of Silver" is very quiet and introvert at first, but becomes an impressive wall of sound at th the end. A wonderfully melodic piece of music, full of dreamy guitars.

In the end there is the sure feeling that you have encountered a trip that you have never been on before. And that you missed loads of foxholes and secret corners that need exploration. So you listen again. And again. And again. I have "Fragmentropy" on heavy rotation on my iPod at the moment. Adventourous and familiar at once, this is a most surprising release for me. And for one time the hype is right.

 Fragmentropy by T album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.90 | 170 ratings

T Neo-Prog

Review by omphaloskepsis

2 stars 42/100 ... possible prog gateway drug for the Emo crowd? I lost my song by song review to a massive lighting strike. Zap! How painful is that?

So, instead of a longish song by song review, you're getting the Reader's Digest version. I'm glossing over Fragmentrophy. I hear a little "Crack the Sky", and dash of Bauhaus, and lots of David Bowie's Berlin period sans David Bowie, Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, Tony Visconti, and Robert Fripp. What do we got here? A homogeneious blend of dreary keyboards, mournful vocals, Floydian whispers, and canned drums. Not my cup of "t".

Different strokes for different folks...Odd time signature for everybody.

I like music to take me on a trip thru many movements. Here- there and back again. Fragmentrophy feels like treading water in a pea soup fog. Fragmentrophy blends like an album of Tibetan music bowls. It's hard for me to differentiate much between songs. That's not necessarily a bad thing if you're into the atmosphere. And come to think of it, I am into atmosphere, but more like Miles Davis "In a Silent Way" or John Cage's 4'33". Fragmentrophy's fog, smog, and drizzle doesn't titillate me.

I wonder- Did Thomas Thielen ( He is "t") do this album on a computer. The drums make me believe so. Generally speaking, I like multiple personalities imbuing bands and boocoos of instruments. Bands disagree and create tension.

Meanwhile, the movements of Fragmentrophy blur into a sad rainy day. Unlike David Bowie, Mr. Thielen doesn't have a Who's Who of 70-80's music genii to help him thru the oatmeal gruel of another cold war day . All Thomas has is his keyboards, himself, a computer, and some serious fans. I not a fan, but then again, I don't like Crime and Punishment and that's my bad. Two Dostoyevsky's out of five for "t"

 Fragmentropy by T album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.90 | 170 ratings

T Neo-Prog

Review by Sweetheart

5 stars This is a first for me in many ways. Fragmentropy introduced me to progressive rock really. I only learned about the term after listening. I checked out quite a few other albums in the meantime, and I see what I missed, but maybe this naive way of listening is a plus as well as an interesting perspective for this site. (Where I really hope to find lots of input!)

T's approach to story-telling really does it for me. Listening to Fragmentropy is like reading a good book. In this way, T perfects what those stellar heroes of the seventies set out for. Music is always a matter of taste of course, but the concept of Fragmentropy has a lot more literary quality than most of the other golden greats I was introduced to.

As for the music, I have the advantage that all prog is new to me. For me, Fragmentropy is as much a classic as is The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. And really, I really think that this makes it easier for me to say: Yes, this is a masterpiece. It is innovative as Björk, it is emotional as Radiohead and sometimes funny as the old Genesis records. It surely has a lot to say about the nature of human love, and it is incredible that only ONE person can cover such a wide musical diversity!

So, if you are interested in the perspective of a newbie, so to speak an outsider: This would be in your top ten lists of T had recorded it in the seventies. So it is in mine - and I will definitely check out the other albums.

 Fragmentropy by T album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.90 | 170 ratings

T Neo-Prog

Review by robbob

4 stars Another good work by T.

If the last one was quite Camelised ..this one is very much.

Yes....I really loved very much Nod and a Wink and Rajaz from Camel....and this album is like the natural continuing to those works. So a combination between Thomas Thielen and Andy Lattimer may resurrect the best Camel

Of course not the only inspiration ....there is original modern prog rock here ...some touches of The Psychedelic Ensemble too...and other modern symphonic rock bands...(US ,Karfagen....maybe too)

The stories are quite a good combination of good lyrics and good music.

My rating between 4 and 4,5 stars.

4 very well deserved stars. Congratulations

 Fragmentropy by T album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.90 | 170 ratings

T Neo-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

5 stars Originally a piano player, Thomas Thielen learn to play many instruments, but also the craft of engineering, recording and programming. I don't know how much programming we have on this new CD, but i can only testified that it's sound like a real band. The vocals here are playing a major role in the music that has a atmospheric ambiance with post-rock tones, but also some symphonic Retro Prog. However, this album sounds modern and remind me a lot of Carptree and sometimes the late Marillion. The vocals, the piano and the keyboards are taking the place to the guitars, who have their space to shine in specific passages, especially when things get heavier. There is a moody, melancholic feel with some quiet atmospheric soundscape, intense vocal harmonies and instrumentation throughout this album that could seems disturbing, but the vocals pick things up to carry the melody to something highly satisfying. There is a lot of subtle arrangements, and a lot of ideas that we have to absorb, but with many listening, everything is shaping up. This CD is divided in three chapters, but i listened to it like a continuous piece of music that covers a wide range of style from post-rock, ambient, minimalistic and symphonic. And the only reason it could be categorize as Neo-Prog, is because of the modern and heavy parts. This CD is the illustration that Thomas Thielen music has reach his peak. If he can only change the name "T" to something more appealing, it would serve him better in the future.
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