Pre-Order the upcoming release, Long Way Down by Tom Odell and get a limited* autographed CD booklet with purchase!
About Tom Odell:
Classically trained on piano, Tom Odell has been obsessed with music since he was a small child. He recalls the night he was watching television and saw Blur perform at the BRIT Awards. That clinched it for him. "I remember thinking: 'I wanna do that.'" In early 2013, Odell made BRIT Awards history, becoming the first male artist to win the coveted Critics' Choice award, which in previous years has gone to such artists as Adele, Emeli Sandé and Florence and the Machine.
"I started writing songs at 13 and I haven't stopped since," says Tom, who would return home from school every afternoon and practice piano for hours on end. Such dedication has clearly paid off. At 22, he's an accomplished musician, as his debut EP, Songs From Another Love (RCA Records / In The Name Of), demonstrates. Yet what's most remarkable about Odell is his gift for rendering messy emotions, for ripping songs out of his soul and slamming them onto a record without stopping to tidy up after himself. As NME put it: "you'll be hooked by the arresting energy of his voice."
Odell grew up in the West Sussex city of Chichester, located in southeast England, and later moved to Brighton, attracted by its music scene. "I used to stroll around Brighton with this massive keyboard and just go to these open mics all around town - and it was so demoralizing, but also really good for me," he says.
Eventually, Tom moved to London, seeking a wider audience. His plan was not immediately successful - Odell wound up playing sparsely attended shows, running out of money and sleeping in a car borrowed from his grandmother. But along the way, he formed his band, which he credits with adding a heightened sense of power to the songs. A demo found its way to Lily Rose Cooper, who quickly signed Odell to her In The Name Of record label after seeing him perform. With the label's blessing, Odell spent the next nine months holed up in a tiny east London room, outfitted with simply a piano and a desk, penning the songs for his debut album, Long Way Down.
In addition to having already collected a BRIT award, Odell has performed on "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Later...with Jools Holland," been shortlisted in the BBC Sound Poll of 2013 and been asked to open for the Rolling Stones in London's Hyde Park. While these are certainly notable achievements, Odell is after something even more ephemeral than recognition: he's out to capture life's peak experiences and deepest valleys.
"I'd love to live in a time when music felt uncontrived and imperfect and gave people a real sense of elevation," he confides. "When it's sad I want it to be really sad. When it's happy I want it to feel euphoric...I suppose I want the record to express the heightened feelings and emotions we all get in our lives."
Tom Odell's North American Tour Dates:
- 9/16 - Vinyl - Atlanta, GA
- 9/18 - First Unitarian Church - Sanctuary - Philadelphia, PA
- 9/20 - U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC
- 9/21 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
- 9/22 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
- 9/24 - La Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC
- 9/25 - The Great Hall - Toronto, ON
- 9/27 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL
- 9/28 - Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
- 9/30 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
- 10/1 - Club Sound - Salt Lake City, UT
- 10/3 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
- 10/4 - The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
- 10/5 - The Crocodile - Seattle, WA
- 10/7 - The Chapel - San Francisco, CA
- 10/9 - The El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
*Offer valid only with purchase of Long Way Down. This special offer is valid for both domestic and international orders. Pre-ordered CDs shipping with promotional items are limited to (5) per customer. Autographed CD booklets will be available while supplies last, newburycomics.com will post information when autographed booklets are sold out.
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