Tom John Hall announces epic two-part album + releases new single ‘Who’s Watching You’ 13th May
We’ve been admiring the evolvement of musician Tom John Hall for the last few years, as his talents have developed his ideas have grown and his latest adventure excites us!
Tom John Hall has announced ‘My Big Album’, a bedroom pop epic created as a consequence of isolated living and evoking our evolving world. Four years in the making and coming in two distinct parts digitally, and a special double-vinyl release, as part two drops it spans the whole of 2020 in terms of time and ideas.
Following on from previous single ‘Human’, latest track ‘Who’s Watching You’ has been unveiled today, as is described as a quirky pop lament on the inner moral turmoil of being a “progressive millennial, on the left”.
“It’s written from the perspective of an imaginary voice of authority who represents the opposite side of the argument, raising a condescending tirade at ‘You’ (you/me) for, basically, biting the hand that feeds us,” explains Hall.
“If you want a cathartic telling off from an imaginary conservative set to a solid power-pop piano chord progression then this is it..”
Inspired by Randy Newman’s narrative storytelling and set to the off-kilter pop of acts like Devo, Talking Heads and LCD Soundsystem, it is modern pop in a classic sense. Hall sits in the lineage of great kitchen-sink lyricists, finding big ideas in the minutiae of everyday existence.
‘Who’s Watching You’ is the sound of discovering you can say all you need, even the biggest of ideas, in a three-minute pop song. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, no matter how serious the subject matter gets. Hall is a master at dealing with both the seriousness and absurdity of the modern Western world in the same breath.
The new single is a powerful burst of Tom‘s courageous energy. Reminiscent of Beach Slang, Hot Chip, David Byrne and more. “Who’s Watching You” is a seriously stunning medley. Bountiful and joyous piercing keys with the delicate brush strokes move the track, whilst Tom John Hall‘s direct and hard-hitting lyrics projected by his bold vocal range truly captivate you- it moves you to your core. You hang on every word Tom delivers. When the track ends, it leaves you desperately needing more.
My Big Album is a gloriously wonky, bedroom pop record that, even though it has been years in the making, is the perfect reflection of life in 2020.
Tom achieves perfect art pop, he creates music so reflective and thought-provoking, tracks that are filled with emotion and exuding charm.
This is isolation pop at its finest.
My Big Album – part 1 (tracklist)
- Who’s Watching You
- That’s How It Starts
- At The Office
- Last Living Bureaucrat
- Presidents Club
- No Vacancies
- Heatwave (pt1)
- Heatwave (pt2)
- Shameless Rock n Roll
My Big Album [part 1] due 31st July via Year Of Glad