Ones to watch: 2013

Two words:  Tom Odell.

Two more words: is awesome.

Late last night whilst listening to Xfm waiting for Everything Everything’s ‘Xposure’ to come on (a track by track summary of the band’s new album) I happened to catch half of what I now know to be Can’t Pretend. I liked it as soon as I heard it.

The DJ never announced  who it was on the radio but luckily for me, I was listening through my laptop and a little icon informed me it was a Mr. Tom Odell. I’d never heard of him. I immediately went to Spotify to investigate!


Turns out, he’s just won the Brits Critics Choice Award of 2013, and listening to his EP and live performances on YouTube it’s really not surprising to see, or hear I should say, why.

I’m a sucker for piano and great vocals and Tom does both. His performances are so intense and his voice effortless and emotive; it immediately cries out to my melancholic, emotional, wallowing propensities. My musical misery worshipping aside, his songs really are beautiful and when he sings it is so heartfelt, I found myself gripped. I am also drawn to this guy because I quickly realise that I enjoy listening to his songs more via his live performances on YouTube than his EP (which I have already purchased for a ridiculous £1.49*). Any song by a good band or artist is more enjoyable live than the studio produced record, and when that happens to be the case I become very excited and have only one thing on my mind.

I was on the verge of becoming seriously indignant when I discovered that his Jools Holland live performance, posted on his website no less, is for some reason unavailable. Even more so that I missed it in the first place; Jools Holland is a brilliant source for new music.

His album is already available for pre-order, however there is no date set yet. By the time it’s released though I expect he will be a big name in the making, in fact it would be fair to state that he already is.

He’s got some tour dates lined up over the coming months, sadly the nearest one to me is 3 hours away, however I’m sure there will be plenty more opportunities to see him in coming future. I have a feeling he’ll be sticking around..

Check out these videos if you don’t believe me.


*Tom’s 4-track EP is available to buy through iTunes,, HMV (RIP) and Amazon – the latter being the cheapest. If however, you’d like to sample some Odell freebies first, two of his demos are available to download for free here or you can check him out on Spotify!


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