Following a wildly successful stop at New York City’s Governor’s Ball Festival last month, Tom Odell returns with a brand-new track, ‘Flying :)),’ out now via mtheory. Inspired by a quote from legendary producer and music mogul, Rick Rubin, about the importance of applying rules to yourself. Tom decided to record with just a piano and his voice. The result is the work of minimalist beauty, comprising of just Tom’s voice, a piano, and the occasional creak of the stool he sits upon.
The song is accompanied by an animated music video, created by line-drawing artist and director Manshen Lo (Sally Rooney), with animation by Duncan Gist and produced by Nexus Studios who also created the official videos for recent tracks ‘Best Day Of My Life’ and ‘Sad Anymore’.
In other news, Tom recently joined forces with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Tiësto for a remix of his 2012 hit single ‘Another Love’, with all proceeds going to Choose Love. The release coincides with the track being certified RIAA Platinum with over 1 billion streams in the United States.
Listen to the Tiësto Remix of ‘Another Love’ HERE.
Singer, songwriter and musician, Tom Odell was propelled straight to the forefront of the mainstream when his debut EP, Songs From Another Love, was released in 2012, catching mass attention and leading him to win a BRITs Critics’ Choice Award in 2013 and a place in BBC’s coveted Sound Of list. Later that year, his platinum-selling debut album Long Way Down was released to critical acclaim and went straight to #1 on the UK Albums Chart. Rightfully praised for his songwriting prowess, in 2014 Tom won the prestigious title of Songwriter Of The Year at the Ivor Novello Awards before his stunning cover of The Beatles’ ‘Real Love’ accompanied the highly anticipated and long-cherished John Lewis Christmas advert. Tom went on to release his second studio album, Wrong Crowd, in 2016, which charted at #2 and is BPI certified Gold, and his third studio album, Jubilee Road, was released in 2018. Tom’s dedicated work ethic became an obsession that culminated in crippling anxiety, leading to a dark period of mental health that Tom wrote his way through. These broader lyrical horizons needed to be matched by a musical expansion, coming in the form of his genre-bending 2021 fourth studio album, Monsters, the final album to fulfil his major label record deal with Columbia Records. The album’s DIY and electronic sound was crafted in a threadbare way using instruments he had to hand during the height of the pandemic like Moog synths – a move underpinned by both necessity and a desire to explore. Now an independent artist, free from the constraints of a major label, Tom Odell has stripped things back. Armed with a newfound sense of freedom and creative control, this new era of Tom’s career sees him take the focus off hooks and strategy and instead create an environment where his audience can sit with the music and breathe. The result is a work of minimalist beauty, comprising just Tom’s voice, a piano and the occasional creak of a stool.