I’ve been making music as Thanks for the Tears for around 7 years now, like photography I taught myself everything I know. I’ve always been extremely sensitive when it comes to my music, it’s been too much of an emotional diary to let anyone else in. My early experiments were met with refusal from friends which served as a deterrent and only bolstered my fears. ⁣⁣

⁣One of my best friends Freddy had been working on a graphic novel titled GLEEM and wanted to approach the world as though it was a film – give it a score, do trailers and the like (I shared the trailers a few posts back). I was surprised when he asked me to do the score, as I’d only played him some random fragments of music I’d made at the time. I never imagined it would be the first musical project I ever release. I’ll always be grateful to him for trusting me and allowing me to share something so precious with him. ⁣⁣

With that said I’m excited to share this project with the world and hope it resonates with someone somewhere lol. It’s available now everywhere (Spotify, Apple Music) alongside the release of the 2nd Edition of GLEEM, you can get the physical/digital copy of GLEEM on Peow Studio’s webshop and get the soundtrack + digital booklet companion on Bandcamp.

G L E E M by Freddy Carrasco

So one of my favourite visual artists and my very close friend, FREDDY BREADY as I like to call him– wrote and illustrated this absolutely phenomenal graphic novel titled ‘G L E E M’. From it’s inception he’d show me the process, ask for my opinion and generally just have dialogues about it all. I was so honoured to have played any part it in at that point .. then he says he’s doing animated trailers and -at the time him being one of the only people knowing that I make music- he asked me to score these animated trailers. Obviously I said yes. Links to trailers on each screenshot.

‘G L E E M’ is out now, you should get it and read it- it’s three thrilling tales centred around various issues with black characters taking the lead. A far cry from what I’d grown up seeing in any sort of graphic novel, comic book or the like. I don’t want to give a review because theres an amazing one you should read that exists already.
Watch the trailers with sound on, hit me and let know what you think of the score. Oh and I’m releasing my LP soon :3.