Acoustic artist Gary Thomas has completed his new album entitled “MIDNIGHT ATLAS”. The Cape Town- based musician self-produced the 11 track record at his home between January and June 2012. Being the first new release in 2 years, he has recruited various musical guests on the record without losing his self- contained song structures and guitar/ vocal skills that have earned him one of the largest independent solo fan bases in South Africa today. Introducing nylon string guitar, mandolin, violin bow on the guitar and a whole range of percussion to the mix, the album is his most dynamic yet.
The record features Guy Buttery on Mbira, Gene Kierman on French Horn, Azra Isaacs on Viola and Tim Hutchinson on Saxophone. Thomas has always been focused on pushing the boundaries within himself and displays some intricate, otherworldly guitar work and haunting, more mature singing. Set to tour the album in Europe and the UK in September, “MIDNIGHT ATLAS” is sure to become a fan favourite, expanding this ground- breaking artist all over the world.
MIDNIGHT ATLAS is available to listen and buy.
Often dubbed the “hardest working solo artist in South Africa”, Gary has played most major festivals in the country and regularly tours through almost every city/ town in South Africa. He supported UK Ninja Tunes artist Fink, on his South African tour in 2008, with his duo at the time, Cabins in the Forest.
In November 2010 he was selected to record an exclusive EP at the prestigious Red Bull Studios in Cape Town.
Gary has recently completed his sell out 9 show run at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. With a nationwide album launch tour and shows in Europe and the UK set for the second half of the year, he is looking forward to a great musical 2012.
His music video for “Walls and Floors” (from the previous album, CONTRAPTION DISTORIA) is currently receiving massive airplay on various SA nationwide tv channels: