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SOLIPSYSTEMOLOGY

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4.11 | 111 ratings | 9 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

- Chapter Seven - The End Where We Begin :
1. The End Of Always (14:00)
2. That Thought You Lost At Home (8:41)
- Chapter Eight - The Trauma Of Happiness :
3. A Haunted Ghost (8:05)
4. Lifeoscopy (6:01)
5. Laughter's Cold Remains (12:19)
- Chapter Nine - Solipsisters :
6. When We Were Us (9:48)
7. Beyond The Dark (14:00)

Total time 72:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Thomas "T" Thielen /composer & performer, production & mixing

Note: The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Third layer to the fractal narration that started with "Fragmentropy"

Artwork: Sophia Tangian and T with Katia Tangian (photo)

CD Giant Electric Pea ‎- GEPCD1062 (2019, UK)

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T Solipsystemology ratings distribution


4.11
(111 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
31%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
33%
Good, but non-essential (22%)
22%
Collectors/fans only (11%)
11%
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)
3%

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Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
5 stars So, Thomas Thielen is back with his seventh solo album, and as usual wrote, played and sang everything, just handing the mastering over to Ian Shepherd. When I heard that T had signed to GEP I was impressed, and pleased for both sides, as he is a perfect edition to their small but incredibly important collection of artists. According to Thomas this is the third layer of a holograph that started with 'Fragmentropy' and 'Epistrophobia' and given my differing views on those two albums I did wonder what this was going to be like. I just didn't 'get' his fifth release, and only awarded it 3/5, which was the lowest I had ever awarded one of his releases (and I am only missing the debut from my collection). But the last album was given the highest score ever, so what would happen with this one?

I knew it was going to be interesting when Thomas and I were talking one night, and he said 'Take your time. This is difficult to get into'. Now, 'difficult' is my middle name (and if you don't believe me ask my wife), so instead of scaring me it just made me even more intrigued. I have noticed already that this appears to be a Marmite album, in that people either love it or hate it, and I know which camp I am firmly in, as I love it. Names such as Geoff Mann, David Bowie, Roy Harper, Steven Wilson, Todd Rundgren, IQ, Twelfth Night and early Pendragon all come to mind, often just for a few bars here and there and sometimes all mixed up together. This is a draining album to play as it demands to be listened to from start to finish, and there is just so much going on that the intensity is almost overwhelming. One must allow the album to take control: let the music take you where it wishes and follow willingly. If you fight it, then you won't either understand or enjoy it, go with the flow as opposed to fighting against the current.

Complex, complicated, simple, acoustic, rocky, truly progressive, manic, all this and so much more. It is hard to describe just how this album makes me feel, and I am sure that at the end of the year when I am pestered by various people this will be firmly inside my Top Ten. He even put a band together to tour the album, and that must have been a wonderful sight to see and hear. New Zealand next maybe? This needs to be in everyone's playlist.

Review by TCat
COLLABORATOR Eclectic Team
4 stars Thomas Thielen is a multi-instrumentalist that has released several albums under the moniker of "T", which is a Neo-prog project based out of Germany. Thomas has been involved with several different bands, but only received minimal recognition in those bands, so he decided to start his own project. In most of these albums, 7 released since 2002, he has been the sole musician. His last three albums have been part of a series of albums told in chapters. In March of 2019, he released the 3rd in this trilogy called "Solipsytemology", which incorporates Chapters 7, 8 and 9. The album is made up of 7 long tracks for a total run time of over 72 minutes. Once again, he is the sole performer on this album.

Chapter Seven is called "The End Where We Begin", and the first track is the 14 minute "The End of Always". The track starts with a chaotic mix of noise and instruments, but suddenly cuts off to a very quiet processed keyboard and vocals, which eventually opens up to normal volume and then full instrumentation kicks in. The vocals are passionate and the music is very cinematic. Just as it seems to be reaching a climax, it returns to the tin can effect again, and then cycles through another build in intensity. The vocals have a certain resemblance to David Bowie, but the music is a definite neo-prog sound with plenty of keyboards, effects and guitar with occasional sections including saxophone and violin. The music is also very dynamic in both volume and in changing textures quickly moving from minimal to full instrumentation many times throughout the track. The music stays complex, never settling into one particular sound for too long, but it does remain quite dramatic throughout. The second part of this chapter is the 8 minute "That Thought You Lost at Home". The overall beat of this one is a bit faster and more consistent. A nice guitar and synth section establishes some nice melodies, the feel of the track noticeable brighter. After a few minutes, the music calms a bit, but melodies become more complex with some interesting patterns and atmospheric music. A nice soft guitar section moves us along before vocals return after 5 minutes, but the music remains calm, yet somewhat complex. It's not until after 7 minutes that the drums bring in a slow but constant rhythm.

Chapter 8: "The Trauma of Happiness". This section starts with another 8 minute track called "A Haunted Ghost". This starts similar to the first track, but it's not long before full instrumentation starts. This moves between processed and somewhat ambient sections to normal and fuller sections. Again, the track is an exciting conglomeration of feelings, textures and many melodies and the music moves smoothly between all the changes without feeling choppy at all. The addition of a cello in the last few minutes lends a nice sound that creates a tension that culminates in an emotional guitar solo. "Lifeoscopy" is the shortest track at 6 minutes. This track follows more of a singular melodic idea than the other tracks, and is probably the most accessible track because of that, however, it still retains a level of complexity. "Laughter's Cold Remains" returns to dynamic structures again, ever changing along its 12 minute course. Once again, you get heavy and light sections with various textures and feelings throughout. A nice change of pace midway through is led by a rousing synth solo. One thing you will notice is the album is lyrically heavy, so when there is time to throw in an instrumental section, it's a welcome change. However, the music never settles for too long as it weaves its way around ever changing passages and emotions.

Chapter 9: "Solipsisters". "When We Are Us" begins with a very solid beat and great guitar hooks, one of the few more melody driven tracks that relies on a more repetitive pattern. Of course, this changes after a few minutes when the music calms down and takes us through the kaleidoscope of sounds and styles, even adding in a dissonant piano section before bringing in more guitars, and a very exciting instrumental section. Heavy progressiveness continues, again never resting too long on any one style. The last track is another 14 minute track called "Beyond the Dark". This continues the complexities of the previous tracks, always changing in mood and style with some excellent instrumental sections spread throughout.

The music on this album is mostly quite complex and involved, moving from one passage to the next with a lot of dynamic change, yet running along smoothly. It is very seldom that the music settles into any one feeling or style for very long. The vocals are emotional, but in a Bowie sort of way. For the listener not used to progressive music, it is going to probably be way over their head, but it is one of those albums that, given time, will grown on them. The musicianship is excellent, but the complexity tends to make the tracks sound alike at first, but with time they take on their own personalities. The album is lyrically heavy, and the melodies are also complex, not following any real standard formats for the most part. This is a great progressive album, definitely a complex neo-prog sound somewhat similar to Marillion, but much more complex than their latest output. Easily 4 stars.

Latest members reviews

5 stars T's releases are always ambitious and of very high quality, but Solipsystemology succeeds on even more levels than his past work. The gentle melodic falsettos and the emotional walls of sound segue together seamlessly. There is a deeper melancholy to this release, I haven't delved into the lyrics ... (read more)

Report this review (#2189133) | Posted by praj912 | Sunday, April 28, 2019 | Review Permanlink

2 stars What is this? Prog wallpaper. Amnesia music. Cause, I'm not getting it people. A blizzard of five-star ratings. So I listen. t checks off several prog boxes. It's complicated. Manic snare. Manic stare. The album begins with an ending- "The End Where We Begin:" Surprise, it's a concept album ... (read more)

Report this review (#2183090) | Posted by omphaloskepsis | Sunday, April 14, 2019 | Review Permanlink

5 stars T's albums have always displayed an incredible stability in quality: They surely differ in their style, as with every artist worth the name, and therefore may meet the listener's taste more or less, but the sonic and musical quality has always been beyond doubt. In this array of stunning music, ... (read more)

Report this review (#2182108) | Posted by Zenobith | Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The music of t (Thomas Thielen) should be better known. The reason it is not is probably that he does not release many of his albums to the streaming sites (there are just two albums on the site I use most frequently). My introduction to t was Anti-matter Poetry and the extraordinary track Rearv ... (read more)

Report this review (#2171242) | Posted by CeeJayGee | Friday, April 5, 2019 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Not too sure why t is listed under Neo-Prog? My first association with t, and I assume others would see it too, is Marillion, or to be more precise, the Steve Hogarth Era Marillion, due to a relatively similar voice and style of singing. But despite this association, t does sounds much more adven ... (read more)

Report this review (#2170867) | Posted by King Manuel | Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Just got the newest addition to t universe. And an own universe, it actually is. t has created his own subgenre, really, since 2010, in which influences of Mike Oldfield, The Cure, Bj'rk, Radiohead and New Wave acts collide into big, big stories on big, big one-piece-albums. t even hints at the ... (read more)

Report this review (#2169685) | Posted by herne | Saturday, March 30, 2019 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Have already appreciated the t-albums before for their quality. Solipsystemology does a lot more to me. "Again a good complex album" I expected. But Solipsystemology is a small Prog-Sensation! Maybe the most emotional PROG-Album for me and musically one of the best of the last years. Prog often ... (read more)

Report this review (#2168710) | Posted by Quidje | Monday, March 25, 2019 | Review Permanlink

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