Emerging newcomer Tom A. Smith looks to continue his impressive introduction by announcing the release of his debut EP titled EP 1, produced by Larry Hibbitt (Nothing But Thieves/The Snuts/Sea Girls/Lauren Hibberd).
Out February 25, this announcement runs alongside the release of his blistering second single ‘Dragonfly’ – the follow up the enormous response to his incredible debut single ‘Wolves’, released near the end of 2021.
Much like his first offering, ‘Dragonfly’ looks to continue that bold and refreshing sound he is quickly cultivating for himself. Capturing a strong and energetic indie-rock direction with his own distinctive vocal performance gives this return an instantly engaging feel, and cements him as one of the most exciting names set to take 2022 by storm.
Listen to ‘Dragonfly’ by Tom A. Smith on the Sunderland AFC Playlist on Spotify.
Speaking about the new release, Tom said, “Dragonfly is about the dream of wishing I could get away and start again. The feeling that I need to do it soon or I might get stuck in a rut.”
Smith sings, writes and performs everything here and his emergence as a livewire musical
polymath is astounding. Debut single ‘Wolves’ is a twisted, anthemic rush of indie rock
magnificence led by Smith’s raw-throated vocals.
The last two tracks on the EP, ‘Boltcutters’ and ‘Crucify Me’ show another side of Smith entirely. ‘Boltcutter’s is a love song to rank alongside anything Smith may have
covered in the past. Stripped back to the bone, it can turn your heart to butter with little more that Smith’s lilting melody and deft fingerpicking.
Ending the EP, ‘Crucify Me’ shows the folkie side of Smith, his quivering vocals and curls of acoustic guitar play intimately off one another before cello and mandolins sprout up around him and carry the song off over the horizon.
Speaking about his impending debut EP release Tom says, “I’m so excited for people to hear the e.p. They started as demos in my bedroom during lockdown and to hear them sound so massive now is unbelievable. What I love is that each song is so different, but you know it’s me from the first word”