I got it, it’s songwriters revival. Mind you they have always been among us but the new industry trend allow them to come out in the open. Problem with trends is that artists of a genres have more chances of getting their name and their music appreciated by a wider public but, at the same time, musicians have to deal with more competition. It takes a certain quid to impress, effort and talent are necessary but not enough.
Take Tom Dibb, he is a very talented songwriter; he masters his guitar and voice to produce beautiful songs but he doesn’t sound new. His new EP ‘Lost’ is the story of an on-going process to raise to fame – not the shallow one, but the kind that will allow artists to see their talent acknowledged and all the struggles will pay back – and all the different phases that an artist lives before getting there: frustration, dissatisfaction that will unavoidably lead him to feel lost.
‘Fortune Favours’, last track of the EP, will tell you Dibb’s story in a honest and genuine way where his voice and guitars follow a folk rhythm.
When it comes to the first track – which also gives the name to the EP – and ‘Whale Song’, the singer crafts heartfelt songs where he exposes his fears and frustration. ‘Lost’ features a lyrical touch given by the flutes and the violins. He wisely plays with his voice, pulsing it, going up and down.
Third track ‘Old Man’ draws a comparison between an Old Man and the singer himself, both with shattered expectations. Nice contrast with a lively music that picks up the mood of the song.
An intensive listening will leave you with a sweet feeling of optimism because, despite the bitter lyrics, this guy is getting somewhere. Give him a little bit more of time and he will eventually polish the shade of naivety to evolve into a more mature and incisive artist. 6.5/10