Out To Sea2014
1 So Close
Tom Misch & Carmody ‘Out To Sea’ EP 8th December Prodigious 19-year-old singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Tom Misch teams up with singer / songwriter Carmody once again for the stunning Out To Sea E.P released on his own label Beyond The Groove. This collection of five tracks follows on from the duo’s garage-inflected collaboration 'The Last Song' from earlier this year. The pair once again display a strong musical connection, co-writing the melodies with Misch on production duties and Carmody focusing on the lyrical content of the songs. Racking up just under 60,000 fans on his social media platforms, his originals and reworkings of the likes of Mos Def and Busta Rhymes have received millions of plays and gained plaudits far and wide. Finding the sweet spot between electronica and acoustic, he’s found an eclectic array of supporters - from one of YouTube’s biggest dance music channels, Majestic Channel, to BBC Radio and multiple Hype Machine No. 1s. Taking his cues from the stripped-back approach of the likes of James Blake and The XX, Misch works wonders with the simplest of elements and uncluttered arrangements. Carmody's delicate vocals blend perfectly with Misch’s gently rasping tones over the five tracks. 'So Close' weaves subtle electronics and spacious production around the duo’s yearning, twinned delivery, with a superb contrast of strong production and arrangement balanced with the beautiful delicacy of the delivery of the lyrics. 'With You' continues the theme, weaving in some bluesy undertones, while 'Release You’s sunny guitar licks recall early Amy Winehouse. 'Paper Planes' picks up the energy with a slo-mo house beat underpinning honeyed vocals, and 'Outro' rounds the EP off beautifully in almost lullaby-like fashion. This EP is the sound of modern, urban London, but with a deliberate nod to both Misch’s US inspirations such as J Dilla and Robert Glasper and Carmody's folk influences such as Joan Armatrading and Judee Sill. The pair are already collaborating on further tracks whilst also focussing on their individual solo projects. The future is looking incredibly bright for both of these young artists, certainly ones to watch for 2015.