With a domineering DIY aesthetic, Tom Williams has been circling the London folk scene for quite a while now (that same scene that spawned the likes of Mumford & Sons, Jay Jay Pistolet, Johnny Flynn, Laura Marling, Noah & The Whale…you get the jist). This man has always remained rather under the radar, however.
But following numerous festival appearances last year and some subsequent support slots with fellow folkies Stornoway, it seems now is finally the time for him and his band, The Boat, to break. On debut album Too Slow, Mr Williams showcases his marvellous ability to storytell, with significant moodswings across the album. It seems he is a born poet, complemented by the fact he has apowerful, emotional voice to play with. The album’s first single, ‘Get Older’, is a string-laden, blues-influenced shakedown, encompassing dramatic crescendos and an unsubtly dark undertone, with striking lyrics such as “I doused your bed in petrol and signed my name on your bedroom window”. Light-hearted stuff right there. Fantastic.
From Huw Oliver.