Thomas Stoneman, Prince of New Zealand, is about to release his debut album Topograph and it's come round so quick I had literally no idea that it was coming out as soon as this Friday. Whaaat. I must have been a fan of Thomston for about two years now so it's cool to see this album come around after so long. I also can't find anywhere to buy a physical copy of this release which is stressing me out because I can't believe that's something I'm expected to live without.
We've been treated to 'Rocketfuel' on the lead up to the album and damn if this is what's in store for the other unreleased tracks on Topograph this album is going to be iconic. 'Rocketfuel' doesn't really sound much like any of Thomston's earlier songs; it's far more upbeat, there are some drum sounds and patterns that I wouldn't really ever have expected to come from Thomston, but it's such a great change of pace. Stoneman's lyrics have always been quite intelligently strung together but it's a lot more blatant on 'Rocketfuel' with various space and speed metaphors scattered throughout. My personal favourite line is "third degree, you know you burn me", but that's just one of the gems.
If that wasn't enough, Thomston also recently did a cover of Ariana Grande's 'One Last Time' which you can watch below. It's good. And melancholy. Which is nice.