A beginning observation would be that this music is very filmic—dark, reflective, reminiscent of Erik Satie at times, but somehow more free and intuitive. Sousa’s piano melodies weave in and out of the piece like inner thoughts flowing…
A beginning observation would be that this music is very filmic—dark, reflective, reminiscent of Erik Satie at times, but somehow more free and intuitive. Sousa’s piano melodies weave in and out of the piece like inner thoughts flowing in a natural setting, and he mimics this beloved state remarkably well—some ideas fleeting, some latched onto and developed for however long, then discarded.
Foxydigitalis, Travis Bird
Another one of those incredible records that appears out of nowhere and absolutely floors us – housed in a sublime vinyl edition printed up in an extremely limited run – fans of Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick, Rachels, Max Richter or The Necks – DO NOT MISS!!!!!
With Insonia, Tiago Sousa cements his place as one of the most distinct voices to emerge out of the current wellspring of piano driven minimalism.
The Silent Ballet, Andrew Whitaker
Walden Pond’s Monk is a quietly crafted and affecting appreciation of Henry David Thoreau built mainly around Sousa’s understated and fluid approach to solo piano work, complemented by the clarinet of Ricardo Ribeiro and the percussion of Baltazar Molina
The Liminal, Matt Poacher
Tracks like “Pendulo” owes a great deal to the minimalism of Satie while the liberal use of the sustaining pedal on trawling arpeggios in “Reflexo” also pays its dues to the French masters of the time. For the most part though, Sousa is a success in telling a narrative in his own musical language. (…)
Towards the end of Walden, Thoreau concludes on the essential drive in man to break away from the pack: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
And it’s clear that Sousa keeps to his own pace, independent from any current thought on how the music industry ought to work.
Icrates, Arjun Harindranath
Tiago Sousa é um dos músicos mais originais do nosso tempo. Em Samsara, parte da ideia da filosofia budista para, entregue ao piano, pela primeira vez a solo, prosseguir o seu percurso de descoberta. Manifesto íntimos trespassado pelas convulsões do presente.
Mário Lopes, Ipsilon
Com edição da Immune Recordings, Walden Pond’s Monk, compost sob influência directa do idealismo e espírito revolucionário do poeta, pensador e filósofo Henry David Thoreau, Tiago Sousa está onde devia estar: a escrever música complexa mas com resultados que espelham uma enorme beleza e inteligência na composição
André Gomes, Bodyspace