by Jay Tholen

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Jay Tholen’s increasingly eclectic body of work touches upon the chip music world in the same way a master chef touches upon a spice in a four course meal. The five tracks here in 'Vainglory', his first EP for Pause, dance effortlessly from melody to noise, from ecstatic joy to existential dread, in tessellations so subtle, so intricate, that at the end of its slight 20 minutes you will marvel at the distance you’ve sonically covered. - Peter Swimm


released September 10, 2011

Jay Tholen - Vocals, Tracking and Sequencing, Samples and Found Sounds, Keyboards, Percussion, Melodica, Ukulele

Christine Tholen - Vocals

Mrenc - Guitar

Zan-Zan-Zawa-Veia and KOOL SKULL- Miscellaneous Sonic Contributions


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Jay Tholen Brunswick, Germany

Jay Tholen is a person who can't get an irl prog/art rock band together so he makes electronic music instead.

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Track Name: Smoke, Nothing but Smoke
we love raising the highest spires
only to watch them melt with fire
fervent jealous holy fire
we think we've got something new
to show this world we're passing through
it's really such a vain pursuit
do whatever you think you can
it won't mean a thing
go ahead and work on your masterpiece
it's nothing new to me
all the works our hands complete
have been and will be obsolete
meaningless, yeah it's meaningless
we'll compose the prettiest songs
about some love for which we long but
Jesus Christ has been here all along
Track Name: YHWH
Track Name: Ancient Feast, Specially Prepared
the sweetest flood of flavor
spilling from Your side
it seems you knew that someday
we would taste Your wine
it's so nice to know we
were on Your mind
i was - they were -
we are on Your mind

the only Bread worth breaking
broken just for me
partaking of this feast
is the only way to be
it's so nice to know
we were on Your mind
i was - they were -
we are on Your mind
Track Name: The Call of Abaddon
leave those old ways
that are making you be
what you don't want to be
cause i really love you
and i will
gently caress you
and bring you pleasure
until the end

i am so mysterious
and you can be too
just chase the wind
and you'll find me
just follow your heart
and you'll find me
do what you will
and you'll find me
do what you will
and i'll take you
do what you will
and hold you here
do what you will
until the end

flickering hypnotic lights are
all aglow to draw the kids away
deep into a shallow grave
the city's arms are stretching wide
artfully inviting us to die
in the most delightful way
this love isn't real
Track Name: At All (With Extra Meaninglessness)
these evil days
i find no pleasure in them
my window watchers grow dim
cause there is nothing here for me
at all
our fathers given to sleep
processions wail in the streets
and there is nothing here for them
at all
grasshoppers no longer stir
faint grow the songs of the birds
cause there is nothing here
for us
at all

there's only You