Solomon Grey

Solomon Grey are Tom Kingston and Joe Wilson - at heart, a pair of contemporary classical composers using computer programming, synths and syncopated rhythms to craft their 21st century soundtracks.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 16 Feb 2015
  • min read
Who? Solomon Grey are skilled composers and programmers Tom Kingston and Joe Wilson.

What? This duo has one foot in the eighties and another in the late-night LA cityscapes crystallised by the Drive movie.

From where? Originally from Oxford, Tom and Joe were drawn to the unrelenting rhythms of London as a base for their widescreen electronics. They’ve since decamped to the west coast of Ireland and the Australian outback before finding their way back to the big smoke.

What’s the story? Tom and Joe are contemporary classical composers at heart, who use computer programming, synths and syncopated rhythms to help craft their 21st century soundtracks.

As highly skilled producers, they draw on the blueprints of Little Dragon, James Murphy and Chromatics to create era-defining electronic pop that’s unafraid to look over its shoulder to the eighties’ synth heyday.

They officially arrived via Black Butter Records back in 2013 with the monster track Gen V, which Zane Lowe instantly heralded as the ‘future of BBC Radio 1’.

They’ve since released two more stunning singles – Firechild and Electric Baby – cementing their place at the forefront of UK synth-pop.

Not content with producing evocative electronica, Tom and Joe are also becoming renowned for their film and TV soundtracks, which combine a unique mix of classical composition and contemporary production.

During early 2014 the duo wrote the soundtrack to The Wild Atlantic Way, a project for Tourism Ireland, and scored the BFI feature film Gozo.

Most recently they provided both original songs and original score for the 2015 televised adaption of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy for the BBC and HBO.

Meanwhile, their debut album, Selected Works, is released today (Monday) through Elcici/Universal and features music from The Casual Vacancy plus tracks from other projects.

Sounds like? Eurythmics jamming with Junior Boys.

Predicted to? Take Texas by storm when they play at South by South West next month (they’ve just received PRS for Music Foundation funding to perform there).

Must hear? Electric Baby – a perfect slice of neon pop that will have you infected on first listen.