“Close your eyes and disappear, ‘cause there’s magic in here.”
Something to Say (Tom Speight)
You know what? I’ve all but convinced myself Tom Speight threw in that line as a reference to the Little Love EP because if ever there were a music release with magic inside, this would be it.
The title track Little Love is a total revelation, a real joy to listen to. This radio-friendly song is super-catchy and guaranteed to have you tapping your toes after the first listen, and singing along after the second. It’s the kind of song that makes people sit up and take notice, and is something that Tom can be rightly proud of. In fact, the EP as a whole is testament to a musician who has clearly spent a lot of time honing his songwriting skills.
The beautiful, understated Something To Say shows that the simple love song is not only alive and well, but placed in the hands of Speight is thriving. Many seasoned songwriters will tell you love songs are the hardest to write, but here Tom makes it look so darned easy. One man and his guitar rarely sounded so sweet.
How to follow a love song? With a break up song, of course! If I Belong introduces an atmospheric, synthy undertone, along with percussion, hand claps, overdubs and backing vocals.
Green Eyes is a parting song in the style of Something To Say but this time sung as a duet with the talented Eliza Shaddad (catch her own tour at Studio 2 on 2nd April!). The old adage says ‘always leave them wanting more’ and after the final notes of Green Eyes fade out I’m certainly left wanting more of Tom Speight’s music.
Little Love is available to buy for only £1.99 from iTunes and Amazon
Tom is playing at Studio 2 on Wednesday 20th April 2016.
Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.