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Theo is a British guitarist, composer and mixing engineer from Norfolk, UK. His instrumental, guitar-driven style is best described as progressive rock, as he weaves together dramatic riffs, soulful melodies and imaginative textures in to almost cinematic, story-like compositions. He's often compared to prominent musicians in the scene such as Plini, Jakub Zytecki and David Maxim Micic, from whom he takes great inspiration. Other influences include Karnivool, Leprous, Mark Lettieri, Guthrie Govan and Arctic Monkeys. He is deeply influenced by the natural environment, as well as other artists, culture and spirituality. In 2014 he released his first 6 track EP, Shadowplay, followed by his first full length album, Tales from the Inland Sea, in 2022. His new single, 'Stockholm Nights', marks a new phase in his career and a refining of his artistic voice.
About 'Stockholm Nights'
This 5 minute instrumental track takes the listener on an immersive journey through landscapes dark, heavy and tender. The frantic riffs are juxtaposed-positioned with the uplift of the chorus with its soaring melody, and as the composition develops, it reveals exciting twists. Stylistically, the track takes on quite a sombre tone, and seems to bridge the gap between Theo's first EP, Shadowplay, and his full length album, Tales from the Inland Sea. It won't be released as part of an album, but instead will be one of multiple singles Theo will be releasing in 2 month intervals throughout 2023.
I wrote this track when I was staying in Stockholm, at a time when I was feeling very unstable. The beauty of the chords in the intro really inspired me, and getting my teeth sunk in to the rest of the track's development helped me find some hope and possibility beyond the darker mind states I was experiencing. The title reflects my 'dark night of the soul' at that time, as well as the textures and feel that I wanted to capture with parts of the track.
Writing, recording and mixing: Theo Young
Mastering: Acle Kahney at 4D Sounds
Artwork: Theo Young
Music video: Theo Young