We live in a time of been there, done that cynicism, when nothing impresses us, and artists try too hard to be original, or at the very least come up with something everybody will like. Thomas Wissing, whose songs are fresh and startlingly original , doesn't have to buy into any of that. He doesn't need to invent some esoteric hybrid or fashion a style.
Wissing, born and raised in Westphalia,Germany, pours out his soul in English working a panoramic blend of roots-Americana rock and brilliantly produced rhythms. His earnest blend of acoustic and electric guitars, thoughtful lyrics, and vocal gymnastics draws from the Memphis sounds of Sun Studios. The surprise chesnut at the heart of the music is the dynamic, fiery delivery of Wissing himself, whose voice is by turns deep and commanding, feather-light and breezy, and as rich and sensual as dark-chocalate fondue. His songs are stylistically fearless and the soundscapes he creates are so textured that they transcend multiple genres. In every song he composes, Wissing makes it difficult to discern where tradition ends and modernity begins -- the indelible mark of truly progressive artistry.
Wissing's music encompasses a musical journey in the truest sense, while his substance and versatility stand in dark contrast to today's fashion-show mainstream pop.
His style exemplifies the meaning of „world music“, combining a potpouri of sounds from disparate elements to create a mystically poetic stew. It is grounded in the complex rock rhythms he creates by the multi-tasking efforts of producing and playing all of the instruments himself.
After the debut CD Home and his second CD Hope, his latest recording, „Leave That Window Open“, completes the trifecta of a brilliant mosaic of authenticity, personality and artistry.
After building buzz, Wissing has toured in support of his recordings in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, and the U.S.A. His live performances are intimate and personal, yet the songs are majestic and massive that one could see him filling small clubs or large arenas. Add to that his, well, striking image, and you have the complete package: artist, entertainer, visionary.