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Thomas Leer

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Thomas Leer is a British musician who as well as releasing a number of albums and singles in his own right, was also one half (the other being Claudia Brücken) of the 1980’s electropop band Act.

From pure pop and soul, via psychedelia and New Wave, Thomas Leer arrived at the end of the Seventies with his seminal DIY indie release, Private Plane, to help jump start a movement still evident today. With shrewd invention often born of necessity, he blended conventional instruments with tape loops, electronic experimentation and treatments to forge a compelling pop with a dark heart, swooping seamlessly (or not) between the pretty and the (pretty) disturbing.

A few years of indie cult status led inevitably to his recruitment to the major labels, where as reluctant synth boffin, he sought to challenge the listener, undermine or reinvent form, and playfully subvert expectation. It would never last. Finding what he hoped was a natural haven of like-minded souls at ZTT, Thomas formed and disbanded the finely honed but blissfully ignored ACT in little more than a year. Tired and a little bit jaded, he took a (quite) long break from releasing any music to regroup and pursue some personal projects.

Recording again in recent years, Thomas Leer seems resolute in his doggedness to avoid classification. If his music draws on wildly varied sources (and it does), it’s always stamped with his own brand - as ever, striving to celebrate the eclectic in music creation. A true original.

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  • RussellChap

    Wonderful stuff particularly Tight as Drum; wonky dance music.

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • caleb_core

    Dude this guy is great. Really weird stuff

    3 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Meshi_Kuuna

    Really fucking good. Suprised he doesn't have much of a following.

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Glejs

    I just listened to half of "Gulf Stream" and am probably hooked for life on this artist. Sounds very much like Claude Larson (recommended).

    23 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ezowtu

    Thomas; my number 1. influence and inspiration, Thank you!!!

    15 Dec 2008 Reply
  • robertc808

    I remember hearing Private Plane on "Business Unusual" back in the late 70's and it sounds totally fresh today - great stuff <3

    11 Jul 2008 Reply

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