Single Review: ‘Healing of the Heartbeat’ – Tom Richardson
The kind of track that makes you desperate to take a morning dip in the big blue and then curl up on the beach and have a big ol’ stretch and a cup of coffee under the soft sunlight. Too specific?
Tom Richardson’s little teaser single ‘Healing of the Heartbeat’ of his yet to be released EP, Promise of the Light, sends an important reminder to slow down, take it easy and become grounded. The track was released on the 6th of April and delves into the notion of the mind and heart in conversation, and the need to stop, breathe and become present.
“Baby come back home, to the healing of the heartbeat”, displays a wonderful notion of how the consistent and rhythmic beat of your own heart can make you realise you are at home in yourself, and a little reminder that you are alive.
Tom Richardson presents some serious Jack Johnson-esque vocal styles and rhythmic acoustic guitar patterns. It’s slow paced, soothing and has repetitive percussive elements, including a shaker and taps on the guitar, alongside quick, steady finger-picks on the acoustic guitar and bass guitar. The imagery within the lyrics present a unique characteristic within Richardson, including his raw vocals. His vocal style presents the timbre and nuance of someone who has been broken and healed time and again. The four part vocal harmony and multiple guitar sections and percussive elements are created using a loop pedal, which shows his comfort and strengths in his style, and his immense talent in creating a soundscape filled with personality on his own.
Richardson’s laid back nature combined with his unique style and lyrics is what makes ‘Healing of the Heartbeat’ so addictive and easy-listening. His EP Promise of the Light is out on the 18th of May, and he will be touring nationally later this year. Now for that dip in the ocean.
Promise of the Light is out Friday 18 May and will be toured nationally in late 2018. Tom will celebrate the launch of the new single with select shows this April. Catch him at:
Apr 6: No.5 Church St, Bellingen NSW (w/ Benny Walker)
Apr 7: The Rhythm Hut, Gosford NSW (w/ Benny Walker)
Apr 8: The Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga NSW (w/ Benny Walker)
Apr 14: The Turf Club, Alice Springs NT (w/ Benny Walker)
Apr 15: Memo Music Hall, Melbourne VIC (w/ Benny Walker)
Apr 20 – 22: Fairbridge Music Festival, WA
Tickets and details at https://www.tomrichardsonmusic.net.