Tom Chaplin follows the success of his acclaimed solo album ‘The Wave’ (which debuted at #3 in the UK Album Chart) with a glorious new disc ‘Twelve Tales of Christmas’ out November 17th on Island Records. This stunning collection features 8 original songs co-written by Tom and 4 inventive covers.
“Christmas is my favourite time of year,” says Tom who has fond memories from his childhood. “The passing years have conspired to erode that magic but I still feel it’s presence when I gather together with my family.”
Produced by David Kosten and recorded at Abbey Road, Muttley Ranch and Snap Studios, the album includes evocative covers of ‘Walking In The Air’, Joni Mitchell’s classic ‘River’, the Pretenders ‘2000 Miles’ and the immortal ‘Stay Another Day’ by East 17. Determined to capture the wonderful side of Christmas music, Tom has written some soon to be modern-day Christmas classics including new single ‘Under A Million Lights’ and ‘Midnight Mass’.
“The four covers I chose are personal favourites and all very distinct from one another,” Tom says. “I found Christmas a great source of inspiration for writing my own songs. There’s a bittersweet quality to this time of year that made me want to explore the themes of love, lost love and remembering those we have lost.”
Listen to the first single ‘Under A Million Lights’ HERE
As documented on ‘The Wave’, Tom has endured his share of dark times and it was this turbulent period of his life that made him appreciate being able to see Christmas clearly now through his daughter’s eyes. His voice, one of modern music’s greatest instruments as evidenced by his incredible Keane catalogue and on last year’s ‘The Wave’, really suits the reflective nature of these songs.
Tom plays just three unmissable shows this winter:
Sun 10th MANCHESTER, Palace
Mon 11th BATH, Forum
Tues 12th LONDON, Royal Festival Hall
Tickets on sale 20th October from 10am HERE
“I’ve wanted to work with David for a long time now,” Tom says, “I knew he’d bring a dark beauty to the record, that could easily have fallen into a world of schmaltz.”
‘Twelve Tales of Christmas’ effortlessly avoids pastiche while perfectly capturing the contrasting emotions of the festive season. And that’s a real gift. Enjoy!
Full Tracklisting for ‘Twelve Tales Of Christmas’ below:
1. Walking In The Air
2. Midnight Mass
3. 2000 Miles
4. Under A Million Lights
6. London Lights
7. We Remember You This Christmas
8. Stay Another Day
9. For The Lost
10. Another Lonely Christmas
11. Follow My Heart
12. Say Goodbye