"Fluid keys pulverization"
- Brad Cohan, Spin Magazine
"There are neither guidelines nor constraints burdening the malleable
matter produced by Thollem’s blizzards. The stuff is as variegated as hazardous: uncontrollable spikes, awkward figurations, ominous looping, violent pseudo-serialism (bathed in über-distortion, for good measure)
and harmonically ameliorated noise escort the listener across a trip that causes physical enhancement rather than nerve-related discomfor."
- Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes
4 years ago Thollem took a leap into the electric creating many new projects and approaches both solo and in collaboration with other musicians and filmmakers, extending beyond his acoustic piano work, incorporating noise and effects into an already extremely eclectic array of possibilities. His newest solo albums 'Operation Sunbeam' and 'Machine In The Ghost', his solo Howled Ground set, plus his soundtrack work for Silver Ochre's 'Who Are U.S', and its upcoming box set on Aural Films, displays a seemingly endless array of wild creativity with startling results.
"Thollem Electric might be a musician, or he might be some kind of wizard scientist... the experience might melt your mind." - The Denver Westword
Thollem's collaborative electric albums include; 'The Radical Empathy Trio' with Nels Cline and Michael Wimberly; 'Hand To Man Band' with Mike Watt, John Dieterich and Tim Barnes; 'Whistling Joy Jumpers' with Brian Chase and Jad Fair; 'Conformity Contortion' with Sara Lund; 'Tsigoti' with Andrea Caprara, Jacopo Andreini, Piero Spitilli and Matteo Bennici; Nashville Electric with Ed Pettersen, Tracy Silverman, Dylan Simon and Ryan Norris; 'Trio Music Minus One' with Gino Robair; 'Bad News From Houston' with John Dieterich and coming soon 'Blind Curves and Box Canyons' with Rob Mazurek.
"Thollem's the kind of fiercely independent artist the world needs more of."
- Greg Burk, LA Times
- Ernie Paik, Chattanooga Pulse
"An intense and virtuosic keyboardist."
- TimeOut, New York
"Transforms the keys into a texturally staggering ensemble."
- Detroit Metro Times
Two solo electric albums out 2016
An audio/visual collaboration with video artist ACVilla.
In reverence of the blues, its roots and multitudes of forms over the past century, through the jagged social, political and racial struggles Thollem forges his own voice utilizing a noisy old electro-mechanical keyboard driven through analog effects. Proletariat blues twist and distort into a saturated power, to rest on a dime before turning face first into the darkest recesses of the mind. It's music for now. A connection to each other and history. A context to experience who we are and an electric diving board into reality and eternity.