Thomas Stoneman aka Thomston is a London-raised, Auckland-based newcomer with his heart set on flipping pop conventions inside out.
Debut EP ‘Backbone’ helped set the New Zealand talent apart. Still lured in by verse-chorus structures, everything else he was doing - futuristic production, honest-as-it-gets lyrics - spelled out different intentions.
New song ‘Expiry Date’ ticks similar boxes. It thinks and moves like a standard, heart-swelling pop track, but it’s made out of unorthodox parts. Stoneman goes deep, probably deeper than he ever anticipated, into a murky work of direct, electronically-informed triumph.
Thomston appears at this year’s Great Escape Festival, in Brighton. Catch him at the Paginini Ballroom (3pm, 14th May) and The Arch (8pm, 14th May).
DIY is premiering ‘Expiry Date’ below.
Thomston will play The Great Escape (14th-16th May), where DIY is an official media partner. Tickets are on sale now. Visit diymag.com/presents for more information.