Following on from our recent interview with Tom Speight, it’s only right and proper that we review the ep in question and give our thoughts on it.
This is Tom’s second ep of 2016 after the very successful Little Love ep which was released earlier this year. Falling seems to be heading in the right direction in terms of streaming plays and purchases so hopefully it will match its predecessor in due course.
I was lucky enough to get one of the 200 limited edition ep’s which like Little Love sold out within 24 hours of going on sale. Each CD came with a Polaroid which was taken during the production period and it’s very apparent that Tom knows me quite well as my photo is of Olly and Gale from Turin Brakes. Not sure how he knew…
Anyway, back to the ep.
First up is the title track which has been getting some serious airplay all over the place for a while now. I remember it from the live shows I’ve seen Tom play and it’s always been a song I enjoyed listening to very much. Featuring Rachel Sermanni on vocals and with some Turin Brakes magic happening in the background, it’s a great introduction to this ep.
“Come a little closer, won’t you stay the night?” says Tom in the opening lines to track two which is the very emotive Closer. A gorgeous and raw track which talks about the simplicity of love and holding on to those that you want near. There’s back up from Turin Brakes again and it definitely holds its own as a single in its own right.
Track three is New Day. With some lovely lyrics and something of an americana feel and chorus to it, it makes rather pleasant listening as part of this ep.
The final track is the beautiful Under Your Arrest. A very nice song which features Rosie Carney on vocals. I heard this track played live at Tom’s gig in London and he was accompanied by Rosie on that evening too so I recognised it when I first played it. It makes a great close to this record.
One of the many things I like about Tom is his tireless pursuit of getting his music out there and being heard and I think he’s done a sterling job with this latest piece of work. There’s no dip in performance, quality or passion from his earlier work and I have the belief that his next ep will be in the same vein.
Have a listen to the ep in full above, buy it on iTunes here and catch him on the road later this year when he plays his biggest tour to date. I’ll be joining him in London, so hope you can get a ticket and make it along too.