"A true one-off" - Pop Matters Chicago
"Captivating" - The AU Review
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Tom Lee-Richards is a New Zealand born experimental pop musician based out of Lisbon, Portugal. Described as having "a unique artistic vision” by 'The Joy of Violent Movement, New York', his solo project is characterised by rich harmony, syncopated rhythm and improvisation - to see Tom live is to experience the art of reinvention as he binds his produced compositions with new looped vocal soundscapes and wordplay.
After finishing his 1st EU tour including shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Tom launched his Debut Mini-LP 'Out of the Oddness', celebrating with a NZ, Aus and larger EU tour where he spent a month exploring Portugal. Already connecting with local Lisbon audiences Tom has performed at Crew Hassan, Valsa and Zona Franca dos Anjos, sharing his captivating, layered world.
The Mini-LP on Spotify
NZ's Under The Radar have premiered the music video for the title track from the Mini-LP, directed by the extraordinary Phoebe Mackenzie and Emily Berryman:
Under The Radar Video PremiereYoutube direct
Out of the Oddness Single on Spotify Mini-LP on Bandcamp
What nice people said:
Pop Matters Chicago:"If the tune feels itself like something made by a true one-off, that's no accident."
'The Joy of Violent Movement' New York:"Idiosyncratic songwriting that expresses a unique artistic vision; in fact, his latest single “Out of the Oddness,” recounts the true story of a very young Tom breaking his arm on the first day of elementary school with a novelistic attention to detail”
The last single Beside You:
"A Stunning video and song, one we can't get enough of at MTV" - MTV on 'Beside You'.
Watch the 'Beside You' Video
Following on from the music video 'Madness' chosen for a number of international film festivals, 'Beside You's' dystopian future video became MTV Upload of the week. It also premiered on FolkRadio UK and has been featured in Berlin's VICE Kaltblut magazine's Top 5 among other international sites.
The Wearing Kind Project:
- The making of the music video for Tom’s first single ‘The Wearing Kind’.
In 2015 Tom collaborated with Choreographer Gregory Lorenzutti, Director Chase Burns and 6 incredible dancers to create 'The Wearing Kind Project'. Designed to explore a social concept 'Wall Building', it involved a series of street/dance installations, wooden opaque windows and featured 'The Wearing Kind' track. Footage journaling the project from rehearsal to delivery forms the heart warming clip:The Wearing Kind Music VideoBackstory:Tom grew up in NZ beginning with pots and pans, mouth noises and imitating things sometime before starting school. At age 14 he was experimenting on the guitar, gigging and had developed a colourful beat boxing language. With a daily mantra of mouth percussion poly rhythms Tom was drawn to the syncopation of Jazz and Latin Jazz which now colours his idiosyncratic songwriting. After completing a BA in Jazz Bass performance and fronting a reggae group Tom moved to Melbourne. Tom's recent band 'Catch Release' Landed in the Top 3 of AMRAP’s Charts with their Soul-Folk E.P. Achieving national radio the release was described by Tone Deaf as “masterful”.