I couldn’t find singer-songwriter Tom Hickox‘s first album ‘Fear In A Handful Of Dust’ from four years ago, so I’ll have to take the word of a teacher on Blogspot that it was something worth listening to. Tom’s been working on ‘War, Peace and Diplomacy’ since then, a more official debut album that thankfully has a label behind it and as such should be easier to track down and buy.
A worthwhile pursuit regardless of difficulty anyway, given the quality of the first single on the debut released earlier this year: ’The Angel of the North’ is captivating, with an unassuming Tom offering a surprisingly deep, powerful voice that reverberates with a gloriously caliginous quality reminiscent of Woodkid.
Less triumphant and more melancholic though, with a haunting refrain where Tom croons about seeing an angel before his voice echoes and drifts away, lost in the powerful instrumental.
‘The Angel of the North’ is a fantastic way to promote Tom and his album: when War, Peace and Diplomacy is out we can only hope that the album reciprocates the startling, moving orchestral majesty of the first single from it.