Thomas Dolby set to release new material 

Thomas Dolby wasn’t kidding when he sang about blinding folks with science way back in ’82.

In the early ’90s, the synth-pop pioneer disconnected from the music world and launched his own hi-tech startup in Silicon Valley, Beatnik, then went on to co-create the polyphonic ringtone synthesizer featured in Nokia mobile phones. But the man who created the definitive “Golden Age Of Wireless” is getting wired back in. On March 28, he returns from a two-decade absence with a three-track EP, “Oceanea,” featuring the great Eddi Reader as guest vocalist.

Then, Dolby will unfurl his sweeping full-length album this summer, “A Map Of The Floating City,” which was recorded in his suitably strange home studio, inside an actual lifeboat docked in his beach-house garden on the windswept English coast.

Folks who dropped in on the sessions? None other than Mark Knopfler, Imogen Heap, Regina Spektor, Natalie McMaster and veteran New Waver Bruce Woolley, of Camera Club renown. But don’t expect “science” class — Dolby swears this effort is driven by storytelling, not electronica.

For more information, visit www.thomasdolby.com.

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