Tom Odell is breaking new ground with his new album "Black Friday", because until now the Brit was best known for his piano-heavy sound worlds, which earned him a Brit Award, among other things. But this time he deliberately reduced production.
About the album, Tom Odell says: "I recorded the songs last winter and spring and tried to keep them as raw as possible to give the most authentic picture of my feelings during that time." This approach is clearly noticeable in the tracks that have already been released. His current single "Somebody Else" in particular shows how sketchy and reduced Odell's approach to music production is.
The melody begins with a simple piano line, accompanied by Odell's soft vocals in the background. An acoustic guitar supports his signature voice, while only occasional accents complement the arrangement. The soft plucking of the strings as the fingers pass over them is the only percussive element, and even small errors in the piano line have been retained. Towards the end there are surprising drums and a reserved bass line. The entire piece and the entire album seem raw, but also extremely fragile. It is noticeable that this song and the already released title track "Black Friday", which already had two million streams on the day of release, were recorded and recorded exactly as they were created: pure and authentic.
On the album's other songs, string arrangements and a reserved rhythm section also emphasize the intimacy of the moment. "Black Friday" shows Tom Odell perfectly in his role as a brilliant songwriter. Odell also explains the reason for this approach: "These songs mean a lot to me, and I can't wait for everyone to hear them."
The fans are also looking forward to the new album and especially to experiencing the new songs live in the spring when Tom Odell comes to Berlin.