These Curious Thoughts / Press

“These Curious Thoughts... click. 'Brain in a Jar'... click. I hear easy rhythm, acoustic guitar and voices from some old times I don't even remember: 'So we put our brains inside jar...'. Uhm, that all reminds me of something. The Doors! Well, maybe except the 'brains' part – lyrics are quite intriguing and noticeable. When it comes to the sound and colour of the voice there is something that might remind you this old, Jim Morrison leaded band. These were my first quite curious thoughts when I've heard this song of this transatlantic duo. This track is from the 5th band's 16 track studio album called 'What is it, and how did it get in there?', which was out earlier this year.”

“Interview with Jim Radford and Sean Dunlop from the Indie Rock band, These Curious Thoughts.”

“The music is very distinctly reminiscent of the 1960s; specifically, it sounds like the roots of psychedelia, and early roots rock. There are hints of subsequent developments, and more than one occasion when I thought of REM, but that’s where its heart is. Sean Dunlop’s arrangements are complex, although not in an obvious way. The music is accessible, and presents itself without any overt ‘difficulty’ or avant-garde experimentalism, but it is constructed with broad-brush imagination and meticulous attention to detail. For all the relative whimsy of the harmonic sequences, the lyrical landscape is pretty short on fanciful conceits; Radford’s world is a material one, and when God crops up (which happens on several occasions), it is as a supporting character providing comic relief.”

“What I like about TCT is that, even though they live far apart and work via the internet, the songs they create turn out to be quite seamless and cohesive without being together to work things out. The music is packaged in pop-music wrapping, but as it unfolds there is a lot of high-spirited, sometimes a little jaded cleverness that doesn’t heel to any one pre-packaged, perishable flavor. The more I listen to this the more I admire how polished the guitar playing is. It is a tribute to These Curious Thoughts that this two-man venture can have such a big sound – more so than many bands two or three times the size.”

“I have liked everything I’ve heard from these guys so far. This EP certainly doesn’t let me down or break that trend. It continues their progressive rock meets psychedelic concept and is another strong release. If you’ve liked their previous discs, this one will be right up your alley. If you’ve yet to hear them and want to try some modern prog with its heart based in psychedelic and classic progressive rock, you should give these guys a try.”

“These Curious Thoughts listed in Independent Music New’s Top Fifty Independent/Unsigned Indie Acts”

“We all know that the summer of love was a time of frolicking and sexual promiscuity. But I honestly had no idea that all the greats of the end-60’s/start-70’s got together and had a baby.”

“From a pure songwriting standpoint, the collaboration works. Not once did I wonder, “Why the hell did Dunlop go with that musical style for those words?” The music is perfectly suited to Jamie Radford’s unusual and often penetrating lyrics.”

“Jamie Radford and Sean Dunlop have been passing compositions across the Atlantic for a while now, and this latest collection is just as inventive, eccentric and loopy as its predecessors. The production is more accomplished (brighter, anyway), and that suits these songs well.”

“Five smart melodic pop tunes from Royal Oak, Michigan's These Curious Thoughts. This is a true independent release, apparently created from start to finish by the guys in the band. What Is It, And How Did It Get In There? features hummable upbeat pop tunes that should appeal to a wide range of listeners. The band is comprised of Sean Dunlop (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Jim Radford (lyrics, inspiration), Sean Nasrey (drums, backing vocals), and Dan Steffy (bass). Word seems to be spreading fast about these guys, as they've already managed to rack up some appropriately positive reviews. All five tracks here are keepers...our favorites are "Lead Balloon" and "John Wayne." Good solid stuff with excellent vocals...”

“These Curious Thoughts is an Indie Rock band made up of American Jamie Radford and British musician Sean Dunlop. These two artists have a unique sound, and interesting musical concepts. This band does not fit into a neat mold, which makes their music interesting and ground-breaking.”


“With the success of the Black Keys having opened up new territory for unlikely rock duos, the stage would appear set for a band like These Curious Thoughts, a two-piece indie rock outfit consisting of Sean Dunlop and Jamie Radford. This unlikely duo is perhaps even more unlikely considering they originally met as pen pals and now collaborate with each other from different continents (Dunlop is in the USA and Radford in the UK). In contrast to the raw, primal blues of The Black Keys, TCT offers a more lighthearted indie pop sound that’s light on the swagger but easy on the ears. Check out this video for the anthemic “This Modern Age.” ”

“These Curious Thoughts is a rock solid statement. Song for song, note for note its rock solid catalogue of music. It just has a nice feel good groove to it. Its strong suit – the song for song rock solid consistency and amazing songwriting prowess of these 2 lads. So if you like college alternative rock that dishes out a mercerizing Alternative rock edge then you should jump into this CD head first.”

“Coincidentally just encountered a group, These Curious Thoughts, who capitalizes on its use of tech to produce music and videos between each other virtually and frequently interacts with their fans on their website and FB page. Based from London and Detroit respectively, Sean Dunlop and Jamie Radford create their music via e-mail and ask for feedback from their fans to inspire content often.”

“The slightly autobiographically named “Lead Balloon” opens the EP with jangle electric guitar melody, a steady line of bass thumps and accordion fills. Electric alongside the lyrical delivery are the main drivers of this track and were all the tracks not available for individual download (they are) this would surely emerge as the frontrunner for album single.”

“Daughter of Morpheus is arranged beautifully, with These Curious Thoughts threating a ropy line through the track. The same dry humor that brought such great fame to Weezer is present here, while there is a fun feel that never goes away. This honest and earnest effort allows These Curious Thoughts the ability to shine, as the band is unafraid to adopt diametrically opposed styles. ”

“Once upon a time an American and an Englishman, who made a trip to Peru, discovered that they had common interests in music and decided to form a band. It is this very briefly the history of this band overseas.”

“Sean Dunlop (from Detroit) and Jim Radford (London) met while travelling in Peru and discovered a shared love of music, kept in touch and began to collaborate via email, with Jim sending lyrics to Sean who then puts them to music. Together they became These Curious Thoughts and reportedly have completed an astonishing 200 or so songs.”

“I reviewed the previous release from this act, and liked it quite a bit. This follow up is also a strong one. It combines progressive rock and psychedelia (the most prominent elements) with occasional hints of things as far reaching as punk rock. However you slice it, though, this is stronger than the previous one and a real winner.”

“This recording by “modern-day pen pals” Sean Dunlop and Jamie Radford feels like a real throwback to when sophisticated pop was the norm and top 40 radio was king (and still valid). Short, concise, interesting pop music; I hear so many influences throughout that it emerges original.”

“I recently had the pleasure of reviewing this transatlantic duo’s third studio album, Let’s See What 2moro Brings, and remember the first time I heard it with affection. I still play it now, in fact. I was instantly hooked by the musical amalgam of Blue Oyster Cult, The Cardiacs, REM, Porcupine Tree and The Beatles; by Sean Dunlop’s vocal delivery and by Jamie Radford’s whip-smart lyrics.”

“DPRP’s Brian Watson recently got a chance to put some questions to Jim Radford and Sean Dunlop of UK / US band These Curious Thoughts, who released last year’s DPRP recommended album Let’s See What 2morrow Brings ”

“Fantastic effort for two dudes collaborating across the Atlantic. Dunlop is a musical genius, and Radford’s lyrics provide the perfect counterpoint. They’re smart, clever and insightful. Perfect length too; never outstaying its welcome, ensuring it’s an album that’ll receive multiple plays. Why I love reviewing for DPRP; just occasionally, amidst all the generic, soulless, derivative bilge out there you can still find some great independent music played by highly talented and passionate people. For the joy of it. I’d heartily recommend you support them in their endeavours by buying this.”

“These Curious Thoughts gave me some curious thoughts on how a couple of fellows who were across the pond from each other could actually make a music project blossom into a full blown band. These guys had the the raw garage chops and musical intuition to pull it off. Enjoy the interview!”

“Jamie Radford - "Me and Sean met whilst both on holiday in Tingo Maria, Peru, way back in 2004. Sean was jamming his guitar at the bar and I was having the odd drink or three. We basically got chatting about music, probably The Beatles and it went from there."”

“Where this disc shines is in the songwriting that combines progressive rock sounds with classic rock textures and psychedelic elements. The music is entertaining and works almost universally well.”

“TCT is particularly noteworthy for the fact that the musicians don’t even live in the same country. They collaborate and write songs via the web- one provides the introspective lyrics and overall inspiration for a song and the other runs with it and writes the music. Well. I think it’s impressive anyway, considering how well it seems to have worked. The songs have varying sounds to keep you listening, some bordering more of a sound that is very reminiscent of 70’s soft-rock. I’d recommend this song I’ve posted, “Beautiful Thing Called Life”, “Rainbows”, and “Care in the Community”…. but that’s just me.”

“”Beautiful Thing Called Life” is my favorite song on the record. For once, I’m not going to try and describe it. I’ll just say to listen to it at your earliest opportunity, unless you’re driving or in the middle of proposing to someone, in which case you have my permission to wait. My karma tank won’t need refilling anytime soon. Seriously, this is a wonderful song, and if you happen to have headphones handy, so much the better.”

"Up next, some brand new music, right out of England, via Detroit Michigan. Its called "This Modern Age."

“As soon as the track Care In The Community kicked in I lept out of my seat….I ran downstairs and hoped onto my bike…with my iPod in hand. Reason for this random strategy? This track would be great with images or in a soundtrack for a film. The vocals are as sweet as apple pie and cream and the subtle guitar notes accompany but don’t disrupt the harmony. I would buy this track…”

“This dynamic duo from two separate continents have simply got it together... Showing their darker side, and essentially their character, on the song 'World of Pain.' TCT sings of the world crumbling and people fading to dust, which really makes you think!”

“It’s somewhat endearing to have a record so deeply entrenched in early soft-rock staples, and occasionally These Curious Thoughts hit upon a nice little melody here and there, though there’s not enough that particularly lingers long after the LP ends, however, it’s a pleasant listen and could be a real treat for fans of the genre. ”

“Definite sounds of late 60s and early 70s influence through the music, quite a bit of this could sit alongside Sgt Peppers without raising an eyebrow and I think the cover art as above hints towards that era. There is a touch of early REM sounds on a couple of tracks, "If There's A Shark In This Fishbowl" for one. The title track is the last on the album, which in itself is quite rare in my experience, but sits there perfectly as after some of the sombre mood it picks you right up at the end with the obvious statement of Let's See What 2Morrow Brings, looking forward rather than backwards as the sound of the bus picking you up brings the album to a close.”

“‘Let’s See What 2Moro Brings’ is their third collection, owing a lot to classic and prog-rock giants like Genesis, Moody Blues and even shades of YES, but without the pomp, although you sense that a Wakeman style keyboard odyssey, complete with cape, is probably not completely out of the question at some point. The bass however owes nearly everything to The Beatles and Paul McCartneys’ Hoffner throb.”

“The ten track album opens with a couple songs about optimism and happiness before lurching into songs exploring mental health, questions of self-identity and, to put it bluntly, the apocalyptic end of everything. Less than half way through the album it’s clear that, for all the talk (and singing) of positivity at the beginning, this is something of an exercise in melancholy. This is a fascinating experiment in transatlantic musical relations hinting at a pair of powerful song writing imaginations. Who said it was just presidents and prime ministers who could have a special relationship?”

“These Curious Thoughts is the duo comprised of Jamie Radford and Sean Dunlop. TCT is an internet band...Radford (who lives in the United Kingdom) writes lyrics and e-mails them to Dunlop (based in Detroit, Michigan)...who writes the music and records the tunes. Let's See What 2moro Brings is the third full-length release from these guys...and it's a truly impressive collection of tunes. To our ears, these songs bear strong similarities to artists from the past like Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, The Moody Blues, and even Stackridge at times. These songs are anything but canned modern-day techno-dribble pop. What is most interesting to us about these songs is that they don't really sound like any other artists we've heard over the past few years. And that in itself is, of course, a major achievement. Lots to take in on these ten tracks. Our favorite cuts include "The Good Times," "Care In The Community," "Swimming," and "Rainbows." Neat stuff...rather stylish...”

“Here's a curious thought...how did this band get so f%@#ing awesome!”

“These Curious thoughts are a band for the 21st century. These Curious "Talks In Math" combines the lyricism of The Moody Blues with an urgent sensibility that seems ill-fitted but somehow works nonetheless. This is among the most complex arrangements on the demo, and will have the musicians out there following along closely to see what These Curious Thoughts are doing beneath the surface. ”

“Easily the most unique thing about this songwriting duo is that it's members live on two different continents. Sean Dunlop writes the music from the USA, and corresponds via the web with lyricist Jamie Radford in the UK to produce great songs that not only unite genres, but countries as well.”

“These curious thoughts are two lads who write and compose music over the Internet. They have to work this way as one lives in Kent in the UK and the other lives in Detroit in the USA. 'Collapse’ is yet another animal...of the three songs this is my favourite with narrative lyrics and beautiful accompanying music it really makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand out. The only thing spoiling it is the rather abrupt ending. This is a promising CD and hopefully we will see more of these two in the future.”

“Divided by the Atlantic ocean, Sean Dunlop and Jamie Radford combine via email to create the songs for These Curious Thoughts; and this record contains three such compositions. 'Sun Burns Holes' is the avant garde daybreak for the record, which is worlds apart from the other songs on the record. It has phased beats jet planing beneath some intriguing guitar work and the vocal is similarly twisted with effects. From the electro-alternative of 'Sun Burns Holes', to the acoustic guitar and piano of 'Collapse', which sounds like a lost Placebo flip-side (for those who never heard the songs that backed Placebo's singles, there were lots of dramatic acoustic songs such as this). These Curious Thoughts are something a bit different. They are unlikely to be performing live any time soon, but they sound fine on record!”