Tom Speight takes life at its own pace.
The songwriter has a gentle, almost pastoral feel to his work, but that belies the depth of feeling that underpins each song.
New album 'Collide' lands on April 12th, with his nimble acoustic work set against some truly gorgeous arrangements.
The previews thus far has enraptured fans, bolstering Tom Speight's already formidable streaming presence - he gets around two million monthly listens on Spotify, for instance.
But it's not about numbers, it's about feeling - Tom feels his way through each song, covering heartache, rejection, the warmth of companionship, and the continual inspiration that is music.
Working alongside producer Chris Bond, 'Collide' could be his richest work yet. Clash caught up with Tom Speight to discuss the Influences that lie behind his new album...
- - -
Ben Howard - 'Only Love'
This record wouldn't be what it is without Chris Bond (producer). It’s as much his album as it's mine. Chris plays on over 50% of the instruments on the album and definitely defined the shape it needed. He managed to create a soundscape where my songs could live, without sounding like another mediocre singer songwriter. I owe a lot to him. I first heard of his work through the Ben Howard albums. I love the energy and movement in this track.
- - -
Bon Iver - 'Holocene'
I've been a big Justin Vernon fan ever since I heard 'Flume' on his first record... He definitely inspired tracks like 'INTO THE NIGHT ' & 'COLLIDE'.
His melodies are key for me! I never really explored falsetto before hearing his stuff.
- - -
Blur - 'Tender'
I think Blur is possibly one of the best British groups of all time… This track has everything for me! I remember playing it before we cut 'EVERMORE', I kept on saying to the Bond brothers - make it sound this huge and capture the hope and good feeling in the track.
'Tender' is nearly 20 years old and still sounds timeless to me... Just a great record!
- - -
Damien Rice - 'Volcano'
The reason I have female vocals is because of the vocal relationship between Damien and Lisa Hannigan. I was lucky enough to work with Lisa on my album. Her songwriting and vocals skills are a gift from the gods.
I will never forget watching Damien Rice at Brixton, I must of been about 13. I knew then that I wanted to be a songwriter.
- - -
Turin Brakes - 'Underdog (Save Me)'
Olly & Gale from Turin Brakes are my secret band members, they're like brothers to me… You can here echoes of TB on 'STRANGERS NOW' I love working with them because it doesn't feel like work, you're just hanging with your mates with them.
- - -
Catch Tom Speight at the following shows:
17 Dublin Whelan
18 Cork Cyprus Avenue
19 Galway Roisin Dubh
20 Belfast Voodoo
24 Bristol The Louisiana
25 Manchester The Night & Day Café
2 Leeds Hyde Park Book Club
3 Glasgow The Hug & Pint
4 Edinburgh Sneaky Pete
5 Newcastle Hit the North Festival
7 London Omeara
Join us on Vero, as we get under the skin of global cultural happenings. Follow Clash Magazine as we skip merrily between clubs, concerts, interviews and photo shoots. Get backstage sneak peeks and a true view into our world as the fun and games unfold.