Evocative cinematic soundscapes
‘Man and His Tools’ delivers an evocative cinematic soundscape of eerie electronics crashing against euphoric instrumentals and a processional drum beat. Theodore’s warm distinctive vocal drops in to encourage escape from the dystopic landscape.
Theodore said about the track:” ‘Man and His Tools’ is really a metaphor for evolution, originally inspired by the first chapter of the film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey, The Dawn of Man’.
The song became even more relevant living through the dystopic reality that is Covid19 and the ongoing climate change crisis. These are the tools that got us into space, but at the same time are contributing to the destruction of the earth. The music alongside the video is about escaping these dark realities. I wanted there to be an underlying message of optimism running through the narrative and perhaps, in a way, try to inspire people to use these tools for positive change.
He continued talking about the video “Influenced by the space elements of the song, in combination with the retro era and melancholic soundscape, we wanted to show a man who suffocates in his daily life. In the end, after moving away from the urban landscape and his depressing routine, he transcends to something new.”
Growing up in Greece had a huge impact on Theodore’s songwriting, the artist’s lyrics reflect on philosophical quests and themes inspired by ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle. This combined with a love of Sci-Fi culture from literature, cinema and music continue to shape the music he creates today. Citing his musical influences as a heady mix of artists and bands such as Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Bon Iver and The Cinematic Orchestra. As well as composers such as Steve Reich, Max Richter and Vangelis.
Theodore’s releases to date have received critical acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 6 and NPR Music and Gigwise. Collectively his songs have amassed over 328k streams on Spotify alone and accumulated 6.75k YouTube subscribers across his channel. The talented songwriter and performer have played and headlined a host of live shows across Europe since 2014. He’s supported the likes of Amber Run and Stereolab as well as played the Reeperbahn festival in Hamburg and performed at SXSW where he was picked as NPR Music’s ‘Favorite Discoveries And Memorable Moments’. Theodore has also played the stages of The New Colossus Festival in New York and Berlin and in 2019 performed more than 40 headline gigs across Europe and the US. The final show of the tour was an exclusive concert on Bob Boilen’s world-renowned Tiny Desk.
Theodore releases his conceptual space-themed album, titled ‘The Voyage’ in 2022.