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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.

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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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3.07 | 16 ratings
Naive
2002
3.65 | 31 ratings
Voices
2006
4.00 | 62 ratings
Anti-Matter Poetry
2010
3.94 | 229 ratings
psychoanorexia
2013
4.32 | 40 ratings
Fragmentropy
2015

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 Fragmentropy by T album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.32 | 40 ratings

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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 interesting....so a good combination of good lyrics and good music.

My rating between 4 and 4,5 stars.

4 very well deserved stars. Congratulations

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4.32 | 40 ratings

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T Neo-Prog

Review by rdtprog
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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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4.32 | 40 ratings

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T Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars German project T is the creative vehicle of composer and musician Thomas Thielen, formerly of the German band Scythe, but now with a solo career that has been ongoing ever since he released his first album using the 't' moniker in 2002. "Fragmentropy" is his fifth full-length production, released in 2015 by Progressive Promotion Records.

"Fragmentropy" comes across as a fairly eclectic and demanding production, arguably with a foundation inside modern day neo-progressive rock and post-rock, but made with an approach that makes it hard to categorize inside any of those stylistic contexts easily. But it will be those who enjoy bands of that kind, I suspect, who will be the main audience for this album, alongside those who enjoy bands like Marillion, Radiohead and other artists that have been or are still creating progressive rock founded on contemporary music to a much greater degree than the classic progressive rock from yesteryear.

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4.32 | 40 ratings

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T Neo-Prog

Review by foxtrott

5 stars I am one of those who preordered the cd. Maybe I am subjective then. You decide.

But I need to tell you about this under-rated artist. Just one person writing and playing and singing and recording everything! And it sounds like a band. There is nothing like a one man show ever. Good playing, every instrument has its own rights and plays like it should play in a band. t is really good at every instrument that is on the record, you can hear that. He could surely play every instrument in a band, too, as e.g. his bass playing is so individual and melodic, and the drums are full of great details. But always "teamplayer".

The music is beyond criticism, if you ask me. So many ideas in so little time! And always it sounds unexpected, but not like broken or fragmented, except where the story tells the music to be fragmented, I suppose. The lyrics are great, but very "open". I like that, too.

I see t under neoprog here, and his earlier albums may have been. This is a lot more than that. It has classical prog, symphoprog, mathrock, ambience, psychedelic, even really good pop melodies. You should defenitely not miss this cd. I cannot find it leaving my cd player since I got it 3 weeks ago! And it always has more details to be found - listen with headphone!

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T Neo-Prog

Review by herne

5 stars This album should finally get t into the heads and ears of the progressive rock communities. It simply has the best the genre has to offer - plus it overcomes the borders set by cliche and tradition, from which so many of "our" releases suffer, with a snug. T includes so much irony (or rather sarcasm?) into his work that the hypnotic and emotionally dense, dark passages are perfectly balanced out. And both extremes feel complemantary, actually: You feel prepared for another soaring guitar solo after having listened to a self-ironic flamenco with bombastic and funny choirs. The indie rock moments somehow legitimate classic prog references. And this is the case in many ways.

And the compositions are full of surprises and relentless rollercoaster moves. That does in no way mean that there were no great bridges between these opposites in style and atmosphere. On the contrary, the whole album does not ever give you a chance of jumping off its train. And every stylistic device sounds perfect, as well in production as in instruments and vocals.

Fragmentropy is a kind of carnival, a whirlwind of ideas and emotions, that keeps you on your toes all the time. But not in an exhausting, unpleasantly artsy way. There is simply too much brilliance and humour included for that. A modern masterpiece for sure.

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4.32 | 40 ratings

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T Neo-Prog

Review by onlineman

5 stars Fragmentropy is more than a worthy successor of Psychoanorexia. It actually takes t's music to a higher level. Although there is a huge amount of stylistic parallels to other t albums, Fragmentropy is simply better than everything he has done before: The melodies are even more catchy. The arrangements are even more detailled. The production sounds even tighter and also more dynamic. His singing is also more emotional and versatile... and so on.

The album has three chapters, and it can be heard very much like you would watch a movie or read a book. The music and the lyrics (brilliant! don't miss out on the lyrics!!!) tell a story in hints and allusions that leaves a lot of interesting gaps to fill in for the listener. It seems to be a love story, but with t, who could tell exactly...

The music itself creates loads of tension. I have listened to Fragmentropy about 20 times now, and I still find myself enthralled start to finish when the cd plays, and I always find more details, twists and turns, that I seem to have missed in the runs before. This is one of the albums that grows on you, that does not become boring after a few runs - yet catches you from the beginning by means of the melodies.

t offers a lot on Fragmentropy: classic prog, neoprog, progmetal... there are more than hints of The Cure here, next to The Smiths and Nine Inch Nails... I am still not sure whether the Flower Kings-like passages are included as a parody or as hommage... could be both... and not least, there is a subtle sense of self-irony and humour in everything that makes it all the more worthwhile and mature.

To me, the best album in 2015 so far. 5 stars - and I mean it.

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 Fragmentropy by T album cover Studio Album, 2015
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T Neo-Prog

Review by shantiq

4 stars Very pleasant opus full of semi-operatic turnarounds sotto voce then accelerando/accelerato or even agitato possibly bellicoso once or twice ; right at the start of the first number after a silent few seconds leaps on you like a cracked-out tiger ; balletic in tone; danceable; touch of Yes ... Japan ... David Sylvianesque voice in parts then to track 06 a touch of Alice Cooper's School's Out almost but not quite sampled ... a dark moody film noir very filmic in many places then a touch of Queen again not sampled just a suggestion an overtone undertone a feeling... The music glides like a large production .. Cecil B De Mille in 2015 leaping from cloud to cloud ... It reminds me of a band called Frames [see Bio on Progarchives] also German ... beautiful melodic and ass-kicking ....

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 psychoanorexia by T album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 229 ratings

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T Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Both in the press release and on his website, Thomas Thielen has a mission statement about this album which is well worth reproducing here. 'This is the time when ringtone applicability equals musical quality. This is the place where the greed of being a popstar has replaced the sublime experience of creativity. This is the era in which democracy means mass phenomena, not choices. When we have become too lazy even for subterfuges. And too busy to feel the loss. This is the age when equality means mediocrity, fame defames excellence, education encourages despondency. We excel in conformity, we celebrate our empty hands. We may not burn books, but we skim them. We may not slaughter heretics', but we overshout them. We strive, long, hunger for nothing, thus nobody strive, long, hunger. Fascistic, yet aimless aposiopetic selves. Timetabled freedom. Death in Bologna. Psychoanorexia.'

Yes, this is an album that wants, in fact demands, that we think. Thomas wrote, performed, recorded, engineered and produced the album but it doesn't come across as a one-man band, as it is so carefully constructed and layered. The piano may well be the bedrock of all that he does, but this is more than just a pianist attempting to bring in some other instrumentation to pad it out, but instead this is all about the right instrument for the right emotional feel and approach. When he brings in electric guitar it fairly blasts out of the speakers, with 'Kryptonite Monologues' actually managing to have more than just a hint of Rammstein about it. There are times when this is crunching stadium-filling anthem rock with blistering guitar solos, while at others it is Muse on steroids, Floyd for the masses, Porcupine Tree for the many.

It is not an album that will make its' full presence felt on just one or two plays, this does need some work but rewards the listener for their patience. Apparently Thomas states that he is a 'strictly under-average musician on quite a few instruments, none of which he is capable of playing properly'. Somehow I think he is a master of understatement, as certainly that doesn't come across on the album. Complex, complicated, majestic and soaring, this is quite a piece of work. There are only four songs, but it is still well over an hour long, and well worth investigating.

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 psychoanorexia by T album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 229 ratings

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T Neo-Prog

Review by vir_casae

5 stars This is a classic piece of modern progressive rock and no questions asked. Well, alright, there be questions asked. Hopefully also answered. In this review.

Thielen's latest work is something like an "all of the above" of what is, on the one hand, typical of *good* progrock: Versatility in compositions and performances, a certain avantgardeness, structural integrity (yes, also in the Star Trek sense of the term), a certain amount of pathos and, not least, the will to use the musical equivalent of a lot of subclauses to differentiate and be a counterpart of the typical simplifications of rock and pop. Psychoanorexia fulfills all this, and the sky is the limit.

On the other hand, Psychoanorexia is also in a great sense a modern album in that it does not sound dusted at all. The production is first rate in any way, the mix is full of ideas and novelty, the instrumentation develops many unexpected ideas and twists and turns. It includes contemporary sound ideas without actually copying them or sounding opportunistic. Thielen manages to simply include all these puzzle pieces organically. But what makes Psychoanorexia an absolute classic is the way in which music and lyrics interact. The lyrics themselves are worthy of being published as a piece of poetry, but the music and the lyrics together bring it to its optimum.

So this is why I think this is the great work of this year. A classic. 5 stars.

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 psychoanorexia by T album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 229 ratings

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psychoanorexia
T Neo-Prog

Review by champone

5 stars As there seem to be problems on the site, I write my lines on Psychoanorexia once more:

Lyrically as well as musically, t sets new standards in the prog world. Yes, I am serious. This is a new horizon in melodic prog, namely that its melodies are less pathetic and sugary, but more sophisticated and complex, thus holding a clever and emotionally assessible balance that still is not mainstream, but also not too avantgarde to attract listeners. Very rarely is it that this kind of project actually is successful: Being different and fresh, but not TOO different and fresh to be recognized as emotional...

t's lyrics enhance this impression. Postmodern approaches not little akin to the greatest of American and English poets and dramatists like Beckett or Pinter appear all over the place. Direct quotes from E.E. Cummings and William Butler Yeats are cleverly set up to create instant atmospheres for those well-read enough without actually leaving those behind too much who cannot understand the "code" or "puzzle". The lines make sense well enough without us recognizing the references, but it is wonderful how much is gained by actually tracing them back to their "homelands". There is, e.g., the line about "wish by spirit in the garden" in Psychoanorexia. The first part at least goes back to Cummings' famous "Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town" poem and thereby expresses within only three small words the whole of the wonderfully naive longing for individuality and intimacy that Cummings' Lyrical I stands for. This is only one example among very many. Whatever you think about the actual compositions, t is a master of poetry, and his lyrics are among the best I ever came across in the musical world. Yes, and that includes Fish.

The music sets out to underline t's poetic vision. It is therefore, as the theme is evolved in a rather collage-like fashion, eclectic and at times jumpy, at times deeply introvert and emotionally dense. Even sarcastic humour and tragic irony occur, which is very rare in progressive rock. Judging musical compositions is always a matter very much depending on your tastes, so I leave that out here, only stating two things that should be enough to underline the masterpiece status of this record. Firstly, the music is always perfectly meaningful in a way that the compositions mirror the story and in themselves are interesting, very well played and produced, and innovative in their sonic approach. Secondly, as a whole, the album is marked by brilliant dramaturgy. This is not very often the case with concept albums...

So it should have become obvious why I consider Psychoanorexia one of the best albums ever created. You should get your hands on a copy and give it some time. At first sight, this seems a lot like neoprog, but as with all brilliant pieces, the edges and innovative potentials are so clevery introduced that you need some time to actually spot them... before that you only "feel" a certain amount of strangeness to the otherwise so coherent piece of work. Great!

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