"Thomas plays a very withdrawn, interestingly dusty chamber pop, often acoustic, sometimes ambient, tickled by jazz and folk. The tracks are pads that are gently dabbed with sounds that have all the time in the world to fade away. The soundtrack to the book (Raumpatrouille by Matthias Brandt), but one that works well on its own." SPIEGEL ONLINE
Thomas' latest work is hard to categorize into a genre, and his musical bandwidth on Memory Boy ranges from flawless ballads like Rain to dissonant sound experiments in Cycle Circus. "He’s out of line- and extremely good." GALORE
MEMORY BOY is the music for the stories from the book Raumpatrouille by actor Matthias Brandt. Both works were created independently of each other and yet are deeply connected. The artists sent their stories and songs back and forth as if in an exchange of letters. Matthias Brandt calls this special form of artistic dialogue "a conversation in which one tells with words and the the other with tones."
THE SONGS on Memory Boy are like musical short stories. They are not locked in genre terms and that's the quality of the album. It could be melancholic Progressive Pop, which breaks the respective themes with elements of jazz, electro and rock. The horizon in the world of a title can be very wide, we change the tempo, it turns up an electric fun, the voice is soft, is ironic, whispers.
JENS THOMAS is in the tradition of artists like Nick Cave and Leslie Feist - artists who meet us directly and honestly. They help to endure the beauty of life and the brutality. Both together. (NELE LINDEMANN)