Album Review: Tilian’s “The Skeptic”

Tilian Pearson is mainly known for his work with Dance Gavin Dance these days, but the musician has also been putting out plenty of great material with his solo project since 2013, and his new album “The Skeptic” (out September 28) is no exception.

The effort opens with “Made Of Plastic,” a perfect song that gives the listener an idea of what the rest of the album has to offer. The track has a decent balance of guitar driven parts and electronics with Pearson’s unmistakable voice bringing everything together.

This trend continues on with the alt-pop anthem “Cocky,” which fans may recognize as the album’s first single. This is one of the highlights of the effort, mainly due to how catchy it is. It’s an upbeat track that you can’t help but sing along to.

Aside from “Cocky”, another strong point is “Human Garbage.” This one offers more of a rock vibe as compared to other tracks on the effort. It still retains the pop influence, but it is a little closer to the post-hardcore style of Dance Gavin Dance.

“Human Garbage” is followed by a couple of the album’s other highlights, “Hold On” and “Blame It On Rock N’ Roll.” “Hold On” has a nice melody complemented by emotional lyrics that can tug at one’s heart strings. Contrastingly, “Blame It On Rock N’ Roll” is a fun track that has a bit of an ’80’s style to it.

As people move closer to the end of the album, things seem to get poppier, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The remaining songs still have a uniqueness to them and they continue to drag you in, especially the closer “Ghost Town,” which has an infectious groove that hooks you from the start.

All in all, “The Skeptic” is a solid piece of work that really showcases Pearson’s talents, while combining elements of pop with rock guitar. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for new music.

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Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) Premieres New Song “Ghost Town”

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) has premiered a new song titled “Ghost Town.” This track is from his new solo album “The Skeptic,” which will be released on September 28.

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) Premieres “Hold On” Video

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) has premiered a new video for his new song “Hold On.” This track is from his new solo album “The Skeptic,” which will be released on September 28.

Pearson commented:

“‘Hold On’ is about mutually surrendering yourself to another person. Sometimes even when you are close to someone, you put up barriers of isolation and duplicity that inevitably lead to you having to lie to yourself. An honest relationship with even just one person can be extremely fulfilling.

The music video for ‘Hold On’ uses imagery of the relationship between a father and son, spanning thirty years. Moments of intense pleasure juxtaposed by the fear and shock of loss will hopefully produce the emotional satisfaction of a streamlined, three-minute classical tragedy.”

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) Premieres “Cocky” Video

Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance) has premiered a new video for his new song “Cocky.” This track is from his new solo album “The Skeptic,” which will be released on September 28.

“The Skeptic” Track Listing:

01. “Made Of Plastic”
02. “Cocky”
03. “Gone”
04. “Handsome Garbage”
05. “Hold On”
06. “Blame It On Rock N Roll”
07. “Let Her Go”
08. “Drunken Conversations”
09. “Right Side”
10. “Ghost Town”

Tour Dates:

08/23 — San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
08/24 — Sacramento, CA @ Holy Dive
08/25 — Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
08/26 — Fresno, CA @ Strummers
08/28 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
08/29 — Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
08/30 — El Paso, TX @ The Perch
08/31 — San Antonio, TX @ Jack’s
09/01 — Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
09/02 — Houston, TX @ Secret Group
09/04 — Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
09/05 — West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectables
09/06 — Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
09/07 — Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
09/08 — Nashville, TN @ The End
09/09 — Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
09/11 — Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
09/12 — Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
09/13 — Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
09/14 — Brooklyn, NY @ Kingsland
09/15 — Ashbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
09/16 — Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
09/18 — Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
09/19 — Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
09/20 — Berwyn, IL @ Wire
09/21 — St. Paul MN @ Amsterdam
09/22 — Kansas City, MO @ Aftershock
09/23 — Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater