Video Premiere: Hot Pursuit Of Happiness (Thollem) “The Sound” w/ Germaul Barnes

On this choice cut from Thollem’s album as Hot Pursuit Of Happiness, he partners with the incredible Germaul Barnes for a video dedicated “to all those fighting for voting rights past, present, and future!” “The Sound” is a lilting hymnal rising above a slow-moving sea of poignant drones. Thollem layers his voice at angled intersections, each twisting wave a rising tide. It’s a great song. … Continue reading Video Premiere: Hot Pursuit Of Happiness (Thollem) “The Sound” w/ Germaul Barnes

Video Premiere: Hot Pursuit Of Happiness “Sun Don’t Wait”

Thollem is everywhere and on his new solo guise, Hot Pursuit Of Happiness, he gets weird. I am all for anyone getting into strange zones outside of their wheelhouse, but with Thollem I get the sense there is no wheelhouse. Everything is always on the table. Hot Pursuit Of Happiness sees him turning singer/songwriter in the broadest sense of the term. Using a singular Wavestate multi-timbral … Continue reading Video Premiere: Hot Pursuit Of Happiness “Sun Don’t Wait”

Thollem Gets Back on Stage

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on so many artists the past 18 months, but when everything began shutting down, Thollem McDonas was at the front of my mind. McDonas is the traveling musician, having crossed the country (and world!) countless times to perform, speak, record, collaborate, and everything else in between. Sidelined since March 2020, Thollem and his wife, Angela, headed back out on the … Continue reading Thollem Gets Back on Stage

Thollem’s Astral Traveling Sessions – Thollem / Nik Francis

When Astral Spirits announced this year-long series documenting some of Thollem McDonas’s collaborative recordings made in the last few years, I was immediately intrigued. As the series has unfolded the list of collaborators has grown to include the likes of Susan Alcorn, Tatsuya Nakatani, John Dieterich, and so many others, that initial excitement has been rewarded. This recent edition with percussionist Nik Francis, though, is … Continue reading Thollem’s Astral Traveling Sessions – Thollem / Nik Francis