TUNE Thom Southern - Perfect Someone
Artist: Thom Southern
Title: Perfect Someone
Label: Frictionless Music
Impact Date: 18th December 2020
Thom Southern returns with the pulsing and hypnotic second single ‘Perfect Someone’ today.
After recently bursting onto the scene with the fuzzy debut single ‘Shivers’, the Belfast based artist is already making a powerful and unforgettable first impression. Immediately establishing a strong solo identity through these perfectly-formed guitar pop moments, ‘Perfect Someone’ is steeped in hazy nostalgia and refreshingly conjures the best of Thom’s primary influences; Beck, My Bloody Valentine and The Smashing Pumpkins.
Thom Southern elaborates on the lyrical sentiment for the new single… “Perfect Someone is a bittersweet story of nostalgia and young love. I wanted to write a song about that moment when out of the blue an old romance pops into your head and takes you straight back to a specific time and place. The lyrics are about finding an old coat that hasn’t been worn in years with a photograph inside one of the pockets. You remember how good that day was but inevitably you know it will never be the same again.”
Working from a home studio environment this year has been an integral part of the creative process. Whilst Thom manages to sculpt expansive and atmospheric textures, they are always anchored to earth with an element of succinct simplicity. Thom adds… “I wanted to embody the track with repetitive melodies which create the immediate atmosphere of nostalgia. I used an 808 drum machine to make the track hypnotic to take you through the story in a quick, simple way just like when a memory flashes into your head and then it's gone.”
Whilst writing, performing and producing at home - and working with the iconic two time Grammy Award winning producer Adrian Bushby (Muse, Foo Fighters, Feeder) - Thom also co-writes and produces for his sister Lucy Gaffney. Following the success of their previous joint ventures Southern and MMODE, the pair are both now simultaneously striking out with exciting solo projects.
So far Thom Southern has been building support at home, already being playlisted by BBC Radio Ulster and featured by RTE, and is already picking up support beyond that on Radio X, Amazing Radio and even KCRW.