Get ready for a brand-new Theo Tams. The Alberta native, who at age 23 was named the winner of the 2008 season of Canadian Idol, has experienced a lot since then, and his new EP Call The Doctor is a reflection of his journey and growth. Set for release on September 28 via Hidden Pony Records / Slaight Music, the sound of the 7-song collection is sparse, emotive and pure. Taking cues from Sam Smith and Adele, the production by Montreal’s Gautier Marinof puts the focus squarely on Tams’ most powerful attribute, his voice.
The EP’s title comes from a lyric in “Last the Rain”, a moving ballad about the ups and downs of a relationship. Co-written with Marinof, it sits alongside a clutch of other songs on the EP that Tams wrote with the award-winning production team Rob Wells and Shobha (aka The Fourth Floor), after their initial attempts at creating EDM and pop-focused material wasn’t having the desired effect. One day, nearing a breakdown, Tams told Wells of his doubts and they embarked on a new approach based solely on what Tams wanted to convey via his music.
“This entire EP was a breakthrough for me. It feels like it’s my first album in a lot of ways because it really feels like it’s 100% the music I always meant to create,” said Theo Tams. “Working with the production team of Rob Wells and Shobha (The Fourth Floor) and producers Ari Rhodes and Gautier Marinof was an incredible experience where I was encouraged to really dive into my vulnerability, turning those moments into the intimacy and strength you hear. The creative process behind Call The Doctor is something I will always cherish and attribute to becoming a better, more honest, songwriter.”
Although winning Canadian Idol and releasing his full-length debut album, Give It All Away, with Sony Music Canada soon after, made Tams an instant celebrity, it has taken him to this point to fully express who his is as an artist. Much of it stems from growing up gay in a small town and reconciling that with his family’s strong religious beliefs. However, Tams doesn’t hold back throughout Call The Doctor, with the song “Weeds” being inspired by his partner who was once married with a daughter, and “Romeo & James” dealing with the pain of keeping your gay lover a secret.
While it’s true that Theo Tams earned a career break that most artists dream of, he has used the opportunity to fully develop his creative vision. Call The Doctor is the first result, and fans can expect to hear much more from Tams in the future.
Call The Doctor Track Listing:
1: Good for You
2: Last the Rain
4: Move Slow (Away From You)
5: Romeo and James
7: The Last Song