What being too grown-up for your age sounds like…
At age 22, how is it possible that all your tears have been used up on another love? Or better, how is it possible that I believe every second of Tom Odell’s new EP Songs From Another Love? Tom Odell has been a songwriter since he was thirteen, but somehow he seems to have lived it all. Is it his seemingly damaged soul or maybe his talent of making us believe him what makes Tom a true artist. At age 22 Tom seems to have grown-up faster than the average boy his age, but let’s just hope that growing-up fast doesn’t accelerate life in general.
Another Love and Can’t Pretend both start as if you are having a conversation with Tom himself, but end up cutting through you shredding every bit of you in the process. The beautiful piano and his rare voice seem to ask you to come closer and listen carefully. Then the bassline kicks in, pushes you back in your seat and Tom’s voice reveals his rough and damaged character. His EP was just released but as he signed with Columbia Records, one could expect an album in the near future.
Talent without shoes
What makes Tom Odell different from many other young singer-songwriters is the diversity in instruments. No guitar, but a mesmerizing piano and a band to support him wherever needed. And that bassline? What if I told you that at more intimate live concerts that is just his bare foot banging on a wooden box? Barefoot or not, Tom is able to combine his talent for music and his apparent damaged soul with his jagged voice to create credible emotional appeals to anyone who would want to listen. The BBC named Tom the new Jeff Buckley. Let’s hope they were only partially right.