Tomás Doncker is best known as a renown blues artist that is associated with New York City’s 1970s’ No Wave scene. So when the bluesman made the transition to alternative R&B with his latest album This Mess We Made, the genre shift wasn’t surprising and neither was the source of inspiration as blues is frequently took the form of a loose narrative, often relating the troubles experienced within the African American society.
And with This Mess We Made, Doncker’s music is full of worried notes and horrid dreams that come crashing up against the realities of today, dusting themselves off and trying to figure a solution to survive in these times. The album is all about contradictions, excess and mess, but it seems like for this is one of those times when more of everything is most certainly a not thing.
Doncker states, “It all started on The day of the Charleston Massacre. Given the fact that the recent “Road to Charleston” was emotionally taxing enough for me (aka:Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Ferguson, Eric Garner, Baltimore – not to mention some of the less publicized events around the country and the world), the heinous events which occurred on June 17, 2015 pushed me over the edge. I was overwhelmed with rage, hatred, confusion and disillusionment. I had no place to put these feelings. I had no idea how to process them. So, in a selfish attempt to maintain my own sanity I did the only thing I could do — write about it. By Sunday, June 21, I had written 4 new songs. Within ten days I had recorded the 8 songs that would become The Mess We Made.”
On one hand, it’s an endlessly inspirational artifact for a society interested in an education straight from the source; on the other hand, it simply overflows with some of the best, and most eye-opening music out. So while we hope the music keeps on coming, the source of inspiration is something that one can wish never existed.
Take a listen to Tomás Doncker’s single The Church is Burning Down:
And for a limited time you can privately stream This Mess We Made: