TUNE Tom John Hall - Who's Watching You
Outsider pop artist Tom John Hall has announced ‘My Big Album’, a bedroom pop epic created as a consequence of isolated living and evoking our evolving world. Four years in the making and coming in two distinct parts digitally, and a special double-vinyl release as part two drops it spans the whole of 2020 in terms of time and ideas.
‘Following on from previous single ‘Human’, latest track ‘Who’s Watching You’ is a quirky pop lament on the inner moral turmoil of being a “progressive millennial, on the left”.
“It’s written from the perspective of an imaginary voice of authority who represents the opposite side of the argument, raising a condescending tirade at ‘You’ (you/me) for, basically, biting the hand that feeds us,” explains Hall.
“If you want a cathartic telling off from an imaginary conservative set to a solid power-pop piano chord progression then this is it..”
Inspired by Randy Newman’s narrative storytelling and set to the off-kilter pop of acts like Devo, Talking Heads and LCD Soundsystem, it is modern pop in a classic sense. Hall sits in the lineage of great kitchen-sink lyricists, finding big ideas in the minutiae of everyday existence.
‘Who’s Watching You’ is the sound of discovering you can say all you need, even the biggest of ideas, in a three-minute pop song. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, no matter how serious the subject matter gets. Hall is a master at dealing with both the seriousness and absurdity of the modern Western world in the same breath.
My Big Album is a gloriously wonky, bedroom pop record that, even though it has been years in the making, is the perfect reflection of life in 2020. This is isolation pop at its finest.