Music Editor Thom Dent attends an exciting night of the best in student underground, amid the atmospheric dinge of Digbeth's MonasteryWritten by Thom Dent on 16th January 2018
Single Review: Tom Misch – Movie
Music writer Rhi Storer checks out the first single from Tom Misch's long-awaited debut album
The most thrilling aspect of being a music critic isn’t the access to unreleased music or the occasional free concert ticket. It’s following an under-the-radar talent and watching them go from strength to strength. And that’s exactly what Tom Misch is doing with his new track “Movie”.
“The kind of song that you listen to in a dimly-lit room with a particular drink in hand and some incense burning in the background
So what about “Movie”? It’s still the same formula as many of his records with an evocative “boom bap” beat. Of course that’s never a bad thing, if you can pull it off. And Tom Misch pulls it off again and again with this feel-good track. But unlike his disco-tinged banger 'South Of The River', 'Movie' is more of a low key jammer. The kind of song that you listen to in a dimly-lit room with a particular drink in hand and some incense burning in the background.
“It contrasts well to the technicolour sounds of this track, including Tom’s trademark guitar inflections and a gorgeous bass riff that makes this track super-chilled and easy to listen to
The lyrics capture a zeitgeist of our time: modern heart-ache. 'Too much time on my phone / Baby do you still sleep alone / Come back to me, come back to me', are so relatable for our generation in which our phones constitute the most detached, impersonal form of interaction. This song is a beautiful piece of art showcasing Tom’s musical maturity and story-telling abilities.
In fact, this whole song wouldn’t be too far off the mark in a D’Angelo album. If D’Angelo’s song 'Untitled (How Does It Feel)' is the call, then 'Movie' is the response only 17 years too late.
'Geography', the debut album from Tom Misch, will arrive April 6th 2017. Tom Misch will tour the UK in March 2018, tickets are available here.