Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Spotlight: Tom Rosenthal

London based artist, Tom Rosenthal, is an independent artist, who has amassed over 30 million views (on YouTube) and well over 60 million streams on Spotify. His songs have appeared on a number of TV and film soundtracks including 'Skins', 'Hard Knocks', 'Comet', and 'The Odyssey' (2016). I'm sure you'll have heard at least one of his tracks in your lifetime, and as soon as you hear one of his songs, his unique sound will click. He recently released his latest album, 'Fenn', and has just released a video for track 'Let It Out'... 

'Fenn' Album Review:
'Fenn' is comprised of 15 carefully crafted tracks as an antidote to the troubled and shifting times of 2016. Title track 'Fenn' is a beautiful combination of piano, strings, and perfectly paced drums, a theme that continues throughout the rest of the release. 'Throw The Fear' is one of my favourite tracks on the album, it's an empowering song and is an honest nod to fatherhood. P.A.S.T.A. is a relatable song for a lot of people - about Tom's love for the carbohydrate... Yes, you read that right, whilst Tom can capture emotions and character exceptionally well, he's also well known for writing songs about trivial and - some might say - random topics, such as superstitions ('My Lucky Pants Failed My Again') and people's coffee habits ('What's Getting You Down, James?'). Another favourite song of mine is 'Let It Out', the simplicity of piano growing with drums while Tom's voice highlights the honesty of the lyrics and shows his empathy towards people. It's a powerful and emotive song. 'Oh No Pedro' is also a powerful song, when listening with the accompanying video, it brings to light a different way of interpreting the lyrics and it's definitely worth a watch... 
The album is full of charming songs, 'We Can Always Come Back', 'It Won't Be Me', and 'Soon Goodbye, Now Love' - to name just a few. Each song is two to three minutes of piano led music laced with Tom's gentle vocals and beautifully written lyrics - a unique sound that sits alongside the likes of Bon Iver and James Vincent McMorrow - but never the same as. I'm always looking forward to Tom will release next, and I definitely wasn't let down by this release. 

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