The Other Side of the Blue - Tom Baxter
Published: Monday 16th Apr 2018
Written by: Georgia Dawson
On 17th August 2018, Tom Baxter, one of the most distinguished song craftsmen of the 21st century, will unveil his first official release in a decade, 'The Other Side of Blue'.
It was in 2008 that Tom brought out the self-funded 'Skybound,' the follow-up to the 2004 debut 'Feather & Stone'. This was the album which first alerted the wider world to his pure talent for absolutely believable, emotionally immersive composition. Since then, he's released one fan-only album, travelled the world and created what may well be his best-ever work.
Baxter made his name with such heart-stopping originals such as 'Better,' 'Almost There' and 'Day in Verona,' and his songs have been covered by popular entertainers such as Dame Shirley Bassey and Boyzone. He's admired by the likes of Tom Waits, Rufus Wainwright, Gary Barlow and David Schwimmer, and by an unwaivering collection of fans who have been waiting for his next adventure.
'The Other Side of Blue’ is Baxter's most honest and personal work to date, performed completely solo, complimented by his guitar and piano. As he describes the record himself, “there's no bells or whistles. Just me, myself and I, with absolutely nowhere to hide.” It's a beautiful return to his very core as a songwriter and a human being. “I feel like I've been though a very slow metamorphosis over the years,” he says. “Even I'm not sure into what, but I can say I'm calmer inside, and I thought it was time for a full-on new release.”
Unlike many other artists in the industry, Tom has always been very keen to be defined only by his musical talents, at his own pace, rather than providing personal information about himself. But it has been a rather complicated ten years for Tom; he married his girlfriend for whom he wrote the Ivor Novello Award-nominated song 'Better,' but then endured a divorce and, more recently, was happily remarried. Throughout this time, he has lived in Devon, has travelled to India, Los Angeles, Spain and Brazil - the place that inspired him to find the energy and motivation to start writing again.
Baxter's albums have always encaptured the listener with a beautiful intensity, and so it is on 'The Other Side of Blue,' which takes us from the heartwrenching title track and others such as 'For Crying Out Loud,' to the happier place that Tom now inhabits, expressed in the gentle optimism of 'When I'm In Your Hands.'
Alongside the imminent prospect of this stunning piece of work, we can also look forward to Tom's return to the live stage, with dates to be announced in due course. 'The Other Side Of Blue' will be released via The Orchard on 17th August 2018.