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Tom Emlyn Releases New Video For Latest Single “Like a Cigarette”

March 31, 2023
Photo By Billy Stillman

Tom Emlyn Releases New Video For Latest Single “Like a Cigarette”

Last week Swansea-born songwriter Tom Emlyn released his new single “Like a Cigarette”, the track was shared as the first of three new singles to be unveiled leading up to the release of his new album “Return Journey Revisited: Scaredycat Vol 1” which is due 5th May 2023.

Now, to accompany the release Tom delivers a new noir film for the single, watch below:

The strength of the sustained notes, the elevated hits that resonate from Tom’s playing, this vibrance immediately bounces from the guitar and delivers this ultimate hook. The audience connects to the tonality and then the captivating vocal notes join the atmosphere, allowing this expressive nature to shine. The vocal range alters throughout the release and within the ample range, affection resonates with this clear sincerity, that heartfelt touch solidifies the ambiance as a place you need to remain. It’s reflective, stirring, and slightly inquisitive. The lyrics are immensely detailed and assist in the vivid landscape of the arrangement.

The single is described as poetically sketching out the scene as Tom spends his days busking outside a café in Frankfurt, shot through with the corrosive power of imagery, and acts as a living and breathing earworm that charts his travels around Europe and Germany in 2017.

Tom Emlyn says: “I ran out of money on something like the second day of the trip, so didn’t have the opportunity to be lazy and had to rely on busking for survival, which turned out to be amazing practice and one of the best things I’ve done. I was watching people smoking and drinking and wondering why people smoke. I started thinking about advertising and the seductive power of images. Images which are far removed from the rhythm of everyday life and the monologues of our interior minds eyes. Images which are ultimately disposable, carcinogenic and affect the way we treat other people.” 

The new single is available now on all streaming platforms.

“Return Journey Revisited: Scaredycat Vol 1″ is an archive album, dating back to its original recording sessions at BBC studios back in 2018 and mastered by Charlie Francis (R.E.M., Pixies).

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