Thomston – aka 22-year-old New Zealand artist and producer Thomas Stoneman – has revealed his new single The Heights. An elevating, weightless pop song, Thomston’s latest offering comes after a self-described “dark period”, but the track is not dark or sad – in fact, it’s surprisingly uplifting.
Thomston says that his first record, 2016’s Topograph, “sounded like letting yourself wallow in self-pity,” but this time around he’s embracing the cathartic and transformational nature of songwriting.
“This song is just as much about ambition, fearlessness and strength as it is about self-doubt, anxiety, depression and the fear of failure,” he says.
“’The Heights’ marks the point I was able to view the cynical, negative voice of self-doubt in me as a separate entity. I saw him as confused and uncertain, and in need of a friend and a pep talk, instead of a harsh/defensive response.”
That strive for positivity is celebrated on The Heights, with its anthemic chorus and self-assured lyrics. Thomston isn’t pretending that he has it all worked out, but that he is, in his words, going to “turn the curveballs into something productive”.
The Heights is the latest addition to a very promising era that Thomston describes as the sound of being “self-assured and thriving”. The Heights follows Thomston’s well-received single from earlier this year, Acid Rain, which marked his first solo music in two years and amassed over four million streams in as many months.
Over the past few years, Thomston has carved his own path. Taking music blogs by storm with his experimental EP in 2014, Thomston continued to hone his songwriting and began crafting the effortlessly-written pop songs that are now synonymous with his name. Two critically acclaimed EPs (Backbone and Argonaut), an album (Topograph) and millions of streams later, Thomston has earned himself a devoted fanbase and established himself as more than just an internet favourite, but an artist with the promise to go global.
A past MTV Brand New Artist and a Spotify Spotlight Artist – and 2018 MTV EMA Worldwide Act for NZ nominee – Thomston has been streamed over 60 million times globally, furthering New Zealand’s impeccable reputation for left-centred pop music. Thomston’s influences, which include pop masters like Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, as well as more alternative producers like Fyfe, Toro Y Moi and Louis The Child, inform his innate ability to transcend genres.