When The Horn Blows Review: 'Apollo (New Love)'
 
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Scottish singer-songwriter Tommy Ashby releases his new 4 track EP ‘Golden Arrow’ and the visuals for scintillating lead single, ‘Apollo (New Love) out now via Wow and Flutter Records.

Tommy Ashby unleashes a feel-good flood of emotion of epic proportion on new single, ‘Apollo (New Love)’. Produced by Sam Okell, ‘Apollo (New Love)’ pairs organic instrumentation with subtle electronic touches beautifully, conjuring the happy feeling of butterflies in your belly, restoring faith in the pure, simple things in life for anyone who is feeling a bit weighed down by their circumstances.

On the track Tommy explains: “This song was inspired by one particular night, I had been to a gig at Brixton Academy and much of the song describes what we experienced on the way home. London is a strange but magical place to travel through at late at night; the traffic has gone, everything kind of glows in the streetlight. I wanted to capture it all in this song. There’s an explosion of energy in the middle which represents Apollo shooting his golden arrows across the sky and finding new love”.

Despite its lovely layers, there’s an uncluttered feeling to the track that instantly makes its listener feel unburdened and relaxed. Tommy’s uplifting vocal evokes the feeling of sunshine falling on your face and the track shivers with familiar melodic sensibility while also exploring revitalising, ambient textures. ‘Apollo (New Love)’ is a beautiful wake up call in the importance of savouring the moment.

On the visuals, director Fraser Taylor (Swimming Tapes, Slowlines) explains “although the song feels melancholic in places, the underlying message is a very positive one and I wanted to make sure we captured that feeling of new love.The actors are a genuine couple, so we were able to use a lot of footage where they were just being natural with each other.”

Tommy added “the video perfectly pulls onto focus the minutia of a couple and how they interact with each other, you want to keep watching and see where the journey takes you. The song was inspired by one particular night, I had been to a gig at Brixton Academy and much of the song describes what we experienced on the way home.”

Becca Gatrell
Atwood Magazine: Interview with Tommy Ashby
 
UK singer/songwriter Tommy Ashby discusses his sound, songs and the inspirations behind his new Golden Arrow EP

UK singer/songwriter Tommy Ashby discusses his sound, songs and the inspirations behind his new Golden Arrow EP

 

Tommy’s debut single release “Further” served as a phenomenal showcase for both his incredible, intoxicating lyricism and his ardently moving voice. His subsequent releases furthered evidenced his astonishing talent, with his music being both intimately moving and easily accessible. His ability to craft songs which effortlessly intertwine fresh, innovative production with classic folk and blues influences is simply unparalleled. In a world increasingly dominated by mediocrity and repetition, Tommy Ashby offers something that’s delightfully distinct.

His recently released third EP Golden Arrow shows that Tommy’s appetite for innovation definitely isn’t slowing down. Standout single “Apollo (New Love)” combines wistfully contemplative lyricism with bewitchingly engaging production to enthrall in a magnificent fashion. The accompanying video is stunningly simple, chronicling a relationship in a minimalistic yet vivid fashion. The atmospheric nostalgia-tinged aura that director Fraser Taylor managed to capture exquisitely embodies the sentiment of the awe-inspiring song.

Accompanying “Apollo (New Love)” on the EP are three other remarkable tracks, which collectively serve to undoubtedly signal Tommy Ashby as an artist to watch. Atwood Magazine had the opportunity to chat to Tommy about the EP, his creative process & more!

Read the full interview here.

Becca Gatrell
Clash Premiere: 'Cocoon'
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Tommy Ashby has long since learned to focus on creativity when it hits him.

So that means whenever and wherever he finds himself, the Scottish songwriter simply has to lock himself away and focus.

An in-demand session guitarist, Tommy Ashby was on the road with Ed Sheeran last year, playing enormous shows across Europe.

Yet he was still able to record on his laptop during quiet moments on the tour. Struck by the muse in Paris, he retreated to a tiny studio to work on something new.

'Cocoon' is the result. Wonderfully fresh songwriting, it glistens with energy while searching towards something personal.

Read the full interview here.

Becca Gatrell