Tom Odell has announced his new record "Black Friday" for next January. The British singer-songwriter is going new ways: While he was known for his piano-saturated sounds so far, he has significantly reduced the production this time.
"I recorded the songs last winter and spring," he says of the album, "and tried to leave them as 'unproduced' as possible; With that, I want to give the most honest picture of how I felt during that time." This can be clearly heard on the tracks released so far. In particular, the current single "Somebody Else" is a prime example of how sketchy and stripped down Odell has approached his music. Introduced by a simple piano line to which he sings along softly in the background, an acoustic guitar accompanies the characteristic voice singing of a love gone by. Only single dabs in the arrangement complement the production; the buzz of the strings as the fingers run along them is the only percussive element, and when the piano line reappears, there even remains a little verse-player. And just when you think it's all over now, it's surprisingly followed by drums and a restrained bass line. The whole piece and the whole album seem very raw, but also very fragile. You can feel, this song as well as the already released title track "Black Friday" - which already counted two million streams on the day of release - were sung and recorded exactly as they were written. Pure and authentic.