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Eaglescliffe singer Tom Joshua strives to see the beauty in his local surroundings, especially when scores can overlook it. Finding inspiration from the mingling of industrial structures on the coastline, and the addition of monstrous scale hills, he fed this vision into the creation of debut EP Undergrowth, taking reality and layering it with his surreal adaptions.

Cam Blackwood, who has worked with British Sea Power and favours traditional methods, produced the four tracks. They took into consideration Tom’s admiration of heavyweights including Simon and Garfunkel and Sigur Rós, and the dynamic lyricism of Nick Drake and Big Thief. The EP is bookended with tracks Cinema and This Still Life, on which effective piano and emotive chord progressions are the focus, creating two heartfelt pieces. His voice exudes a characteristic tone as he shares his version of folk with a definite twist. Knock On A Hollow takes it up a notch, as it addresses a drummer living on top of a parade of shops, while inspiration for lead single Undergrowth came from an innocent walk with his dog. The EP is a rustic, unusual observation yet natural for the ears to savour.

Tom Joshua releases Undergrowth EP on 9th October


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