‘A Cloud’ is the first track from the second album by MF Tomlinson, which will be released on PRAH Recordings (The Umlauts, Pozi, Group Listening) early 2023. It is accompanied by the first part of a theatre, dance, and film work conceived, directed, and choreographed by MF’s collaborator Daisy JT Smith. The album and the film will be unveiled piece by piece throughout the year.
London-based, Brisbane/Meanjin-born singer-songwriter MF Tomlinson returns today with news of his signing to PRAH Recordings (the Umlauts, Pozi, Group Listening) and the release of a new single “A Cloud” – the first music to be heard from from his much-anticipated second album, which will come out on PRAH early 2023.
The album’s lead single and opening track “A Cloud” is accompanied by the first part of a theatre, dance, and film work conceived, directed and choreographed by MF’s collaborator Daisy JT Smith. The album, and the film, will be unveiled piece by piece throughout the year.
MF Tomlinson’s return today follows his debut full length ‘Strange Time’, self-released in 2021 to critical acclaim from publications including Mojo, NME, Clash, bandcamp, Gigwise and more.
Inarguably his finest work to date as a songwriter and producer, “A Cloud” sets the scene of what’s to come. Marrying elements of 60’s folk, folk-rock and psychedelia to thrilling effect – complex, dramatic, intimate, delicate and breathing, Tomlinson’s words are carried away by finger-picked guitars, double bass and soaring flutes that float effortlessly before a canopy of foreboding atmospherics and lush-turned-sinister string arrangements descend on the track with crushing weight.
A curious, dream-like snapshot into Tomlinson’s psyche; “A Cloud is about how painful it is to live without your innermost desires,” MF Tomlinson explains. “It is, in the same breath, about how beautiful life is despite all of its sadness, and how even the smallest moments can satisfy your spirit. It begins where Strange Time leaves off. In my apartment, from my window we move through scenes of the street, through memories and hallucinations.”
Though it would seem we have come back down to earth by the song’s close, it is not the same world – drifting out of sync with reality, we find ourselves on a new trajectory that could be transcendence or a descent into madness.
This is brought to life in part one of the film by Daisy JT Smith, a sister work to the upcoming album, Smith’s goal was “to create a living breathing embodiment of the the album, taking sounds and themes of the album as its inspiration using the language of dance and theatre.”
Smith went on to say, “The album is about liberation of the spirit, a catharsis but not without a lot of pain. We find Michael searching the sky, depressed out of his mind, before hearing a call to dig and dive into the earth – into the void. I had such clear vision of what I wanted for this – I needed to get that moment that MF disappears down that hole exactly right.”