Thom Artway Found His Caroline
Thom Artway's lyrical ballad Caroline is released at an unconventional time. On the last weekend of August, the singer Thom Artway got married and decided to release a song he wrote for his newlywed Karolina. The production and recording was done by the experienced producer Dušan Neuwerth.
The song ‘Caroline’ was created more than a year ago, and Thom Artway admits that the first person who heard it was his then future wife. "I proposed to her with the song Caroline. So releasing it the day after the wedding was a logical step. It is not so much about announcing this event, but rather about the joy and gratitude of crossing our paths.” Luke Tomski, who did the artwork for the cover of Thom Artway's first album Hedgehog, has also provided the cover for this fragile ballad. Luke Tomski is also the director of the lyric video for this song.
The recording took place at the beginning of June this year. "I worked on the lyrics with Alasdair Bouch, with whom we have been collaborating since my album All I Know. I worked with Dušan Neuwerth for the first time and it was a beautiful collaboration,” says Thom Artway. "The recording was in a relaxed spirit and was nice and smooth. We decided to record the song without any samples. Apart from my band, we invited a clarinetist, Vojtěch Nýdl, a violinist Adam Pakosta and a flautist, Filip Nebřenský to the recording session. The resulting sound is woodwindy and I really enjoy it!” The track was mastered by Escon Waldes from Studio Biotech. ‘Caroline’ is the first song after last year's cover song ‘Anděl’ originally by Karel Kryl and the last album All I know (2018, Warner Music).
Thom Artway marries a modern sound to classic songwriting. His folk-pop draws you in with a distinctive voice and naggingly melodic earworms. He has built his own emotional musical world with impassioned, introspective lyrics. His debut album Hedgehog (2016, Warner Music) signalled a brave new talent, and scooped up two prestigious Anděl awards (the Czech Grammys). With his sophomore LP, All I Know (slated for international release in June 2019), Thom forges ahead with his spirited reinvention of the format. In 2017, Thom Artway was singled out as the winner of 'International Music Project' for Czech Fresh. Focused on Czech music exports, the prize enabled Thom to shoot a music video in YouTube Space in London and participate in European showcase festivals (Eurosonic Noorderslag 2019, Spring Break 2019 in Poland, the Alternative Great Escape 2018 in the UK, MaMA Festival in France, Waves Vienna 2018, Mastering the Music Business 2018 in Romania, and MusikMesse 2018 in Germany). Thom performed at the legendary Sziget festival in Hungary, and his tour took in Amsterdam, Helsinki, Zurich, Luxembourg and the UK.