When he’s not designing digital art and branding identities; Scottish-born singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and performer Cask J. Thomson is working hard on his solo progressive rock project CASK as well as working with various talented musicians composing and producing for synth-pop project HELIXIRx, experimental instrumental collaboration Compose Sovereign and various mastering duties for a string of Australian acts.
Cask first showcased his project Cursed Legacy in 2007 and maintained a small but dedicated fan base with a string of progressive concept albums.
After working with multiple bands and projects as a session musician, Cask returned to writing his own work, releasing LIFE IS A TERMINAL ILLNESS in 2018 to rave reviews, with review from TunedLoud reading “The insightful lyrics, the dynamic instrumental excursions, the shifting loud and soft backdrops, and the constant attention to the swing of emotional highs and lows, are all coming from that great place above. Every note and beat matters here. And this is no glossy overproduced soft underbelly progressive rock album.”
Professional sounding bio aside…
My personal studio has developed over the years from a simple family computer and tape recorder to a fully functional man-cave dedicated to audio composing, mixing, and mastering alongside functioning as my home office and digital design hub.
I utilise both analogue and digital hardware and feel that all genres benefit from the best of both worlds. Whilst there is a great rotating selection of digital and physical gear including my favourites like the Yamaha SPX90 digital processor and my trusty AKAI reel-to-reel recorder, I deem expensive gear unnecessary when it comes to getting a tasteful sound. For example, I happily endorse “budget” gear such as the mass-produced Chinese effects units that have been a trusty staple on my guitar pedal board and in my processing rack.
I very much enjoy high-definition audio and advocate technologies such as Direct Stream Digital (DSD) and fancy recording methods, but I enjoy experimenting with my music much like my digital artworks or professional logos and websites. The results of ones’ own creativity are their reward for not following the same line.
(NICE) THINGS PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
“[See What Tomorrow Brings] actually stands out as a perfect example of Cask’s sonic vision and aesthetics, portraying an edgy, yet atmospheric tone with a dark and haunting twist. The song really showcases the artist’s studio skills: this production is balanced, direct and forward-thinking, with a sound that feels refreshingly modern, yet organic and natural like a classic from the golden age of the genre, tipping the hat off to artists such as Katatonia, Anathema or Porcupine Tree, only to mention but a few”
– BANDCAMP DIARIES
“Cask Thomson provides a unique and awe-inspiring way around the fretboard and his song writing skills are very impressive. Upon listening to his tracks you tend to walk away and study the words in your head. It is very understandable that he aims to make you think differently”
– CHRIS RIETZ – MUSICHOUND
“Track after track, on “Life is a Terminal Illness”, Cask certainly proves himself to be a master composer, arranger, lyricist, performer, engineer, and virtually every other role that applies. “Life is a Terminal Illness” is likely a recording he’ll be remembered for, a milestone in his career, the moment his many roles and skills merged into something larger and all-embracing. At least that’s my take, after two weeks of totally addictive listening. Strictly through headphones!”
– TUNEDLOUD MAGAZINE REVIEW
“It’s not just a wealth of musical styles or his smooth and expressive voice that have made Thomson such a fine artist. His songs, which range from thoughtful to heavy to poetic, show that he knows exactly what he wants to achieve in this world”
– JOHN GARRITY – CAPITAL TIMES