Lawyer turned folk sensation Tom west presents 'oncoming clouds'.
Words by Callum Parr
Fresh back from the US and Canada, folk singer-songwriter Tom West is set to release his 8- track EP, Oncoming Clouds. The collection of melodic- acoustic folk songs, laced with intricate guitar picking and intimate vocals is due out on July 2nd.
The EP is a vivid reflection of West’s inner storyteller and adventurer in both the lyrics and the sonic landscapes. Oncoming Clouds opens with what the singer describes as a simple and relatable track, Easy, Love. Beginning with finger picking guitar and clucky banjo, I couldn’t help but straightaway think of (early) Mumford and Sons. It wasn’t until the EPs first taste of Tom’s vocals arrived that my thoughts shifted to Angus Stone or Passenger. The song relents on, growing in stature with swirling atmospherics and group vocal lines.
The Call, a track very much melodically reminiscent of Dallas Green’s early days, follows Easy, Love. It rises and troughs dynamically, highlighted by delicate vocal harmonies. In personal opinion, the EP’s strongest track is Icarus. It kicks off, again, with acoustic guitar vocals and a lush harp-esque lead and follows into a bridge that could be dropped straight into a pop song. The drums and band enter in a “Wonderwall” moment. A stellar track- one for the stadiums.
Following from Icarus is the EP’s single, Big Balloon. The track explores West’s love for adventure and is a subtle departure from the EP’s laid back foundations. Sporting lush guitar licks, sparkly chords and soft group chorus vocals and harmonies, the track glides effortlessly from start to finish. Completely acoustic track (with a touch of organ), A Shadow of Myself brings the EP to a standstill for moments. The more personal track sees West’s reverbing voice interplay with more elaborate picking acoustic guitar.
The EP is concluded by title track, Oncoming Clouds. Like the outro soundtrack to an emotional movie, the final song begins extremely intimately with simplistic guitar and wispy vocals and finally crescendos with the introduction of a band, an aptly reflective end to the EP.
ONCOMING CLOUDS TOUR
Thursday July 2 | The Bearded Lady, Brisbane
Friday July 3 | Cellar Door Sessions, McLaren Vale
Saturday July 4 | The Gaelic Club, Sydney
Sunday July 5 | The Workers Club, Melbourne
Sunday July 26 | The Grace Emily, Adelaide