16 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“I wanted to create a classic-sounding album that hopefully lasts for years,” Tom Grennan told Apple Music. “An album that doesn’t sound like anything else right now.” To achieve this for his full-length debut, the London singer/songwriter opted against using a single producer to oversee the entire record, instead picking particular producers for particular songs (including Fraser T. Smith, Sam Dixon, and Eg White). “They all worked differently and all got something different out of me,” he said. Once his fledgling soccer career was shelved, Grennan endured a brutal gang attack at 18 and a time-honored shift on London’s pub-gig trail before he met any sort of acclaim. Lighting Matches benefits from this circuitous path. He has clearly soaked up the varied expertise of his producers to craft a gloriously unpretentious pop-soul album as in thrall to gargantuan bangers (listen to standout “Aboard” immediately) as it is campfire love songs. “It’s got orchestras, brass, choirs,” he said. “It’s just a big-sounding record.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

“I wanted to create a classic-sounding album that hopefully lasts for years,” Tom Grennan told Apple Music. “An album that doesn’t sound like anything else right now.” To achieve this for his full-length debut, the London singer/songwriter opted against using a single producer to oversee the entire record, instead picking particular producers for particular songs (including Fraser T. Smith, Sam Dixon, and Eg White). “They all worked differently and all got something different out of me,” he said. Once his fledgling soccer career was shelved, Grennan endured a brutal gang attack at 18 and a time-honored shift on London’s pub-gig trail before he met any sort of acclaim. Lighting Matches benefits from this circuitous path. He has clearly soaked up the varied expertise of his producers to craft a gloriously unpretentious pop-soul album as in thrall to gargantuan bangers (listen to standout “Aboard” immediately) as it is campfire love songs. “It’s got orchestras, brass, choirs,” he said. “It’s just a big-sounding record.”

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About Tom Grennan

London-based singer/songwriter Tom Grennan first entered the wider public as a guest vocalist on Chase & Status' track "When It All Goes Wrong." Far from being an electronic musician, Grennan's early solo shows consisted of just vocals and guitar. Grennan released his debut single, "Something in the Water," in 2016. The track was produced by Charlie Hugall (Florence + the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Kaiser Chiefs). A trio of EPs -- Release the Brakes, Something in the Water, and Found What I've Been Looking For -- followed in 2017 showcasing Grennan's gritty vocals and soulful indie folk-pop mix. 2018 began with the snappy, string-laden single "Sober." ~ Liam Martin

HOMETOWN
Bedfordshire, England
BORN
1995

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