After recording his debut album ‘A Mark on the Pane’ (2004)- which received glowing reviews and reached number 16 on Australia’s AIR charts- Melbourne artist Tamas Wells moved to the city of Yangon in Burma/Myanmar.
He continued to write and record and in 2006 the folk song ‘Valder Fields’ - from his second album ‘A Plea en Vendredi’ (2006) - suddenly became an internet hit, being downloaded over a million times and finding its way into mp3 players all over the world.
Sell out tours in Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Australia followed and after signing to renowned independent labels in Japan (Lirico), Australia (Popboomerang), Korea (Leaplay)and China (Pocket), the album ‘A Plea en Vendredi’ reached number 16 in HMV Shibuya’s international charts in Tokyo.
A year later in a small Burmese apartment block during the monsoon of 2007, when Wells took a couple of microphones, a laptop, a local traditional banjo and a guitar and recorded the songs for his third album ‘Two Years in April’. Despite (or perhaps because of) its Burmese home recorded qualities; the album (2008) sold thousands of copies, was widely praised by the music press and Wells toured internationally to sold out venues and festivals in Japan, China, Singapore and Australia.
This story of the new album ‘Thirty People Away’ ends in a community hall on Mount Wellington near Hobart in mid 2010, where Tamas Wells recorded his long awaited new album, ‘Thirty People Away’ (2011).
Written in Myanmar, recorded in Australia and then mixed by renowned Australian producer and previous collaborator Tim Whitten, the new album combines Wells’ ‘beautifully broken’ sense of melody with guitars, strings, organs and piano.
The delicate new single ‘The Crime at Edmond Lake’ –released in late 2010- was downloaded over fifty thousand times in the month after its release.
The new album ‘Thirty People Away’ will be released internationally in 2011.