Jan 31, 2023 1 min read

Approved: Tommy Ashby

Approved: Tommy Ashby

Singer-songwriter Tommy Ashby is set to release his debut album ‘Lamplighter’ in March, with latest single ‘When Love Goes Dark’ out now.

The album focuses on relationships of all kinds, linked by the central premise that when you meet a significant person, the metaphorical light they bring into your life will spread to others around you. “It depicts all the people who were lamplighters in my life”, he says of the record.

Speaking about the new single, he adds: “This was the first song I wrote for the album. It’s about the difficulties of trying to go in the direction you chose, doing the things you actually want to”.

“You often find yourself fighting against prevailing winds; reasons to stop or change to an easier course”, he goes on, “the small steps that you can fall into, that take you away from what you wanted”

“The lyric ‘Could you tell a little white lie?’ is kinda like the devil whispering on your shoulder”, he then says. “But ultimately, you should hold on tight to the thing that made you want to do it in the first place. The spark of an idea that inspired you to start”.

With his folk-tinged songs at the core of his work, Ashby builds sonic worlds around each track that can feel grand or incredibly intimate, depending on what is required. Clearly his PhD in the perception of sound helps with this, not to mention the input of producer Sam Okell.

‘Lamplighter’ is set for release on 3 Mar. Watch the video for ‘When Love Goes Dark’ here:

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