OK, so as we get closer to revealing my favourite record of the year I think now is an opportune moment to say that the top 4 records on this list were all very close to being number 1. There’s very little to choose between them. What made it even harder to choose was that all 4 records are so very different from each other.
But choose I must and so at number 4 is Silence by Tom Adams. It’s a record that I half expected to see crop up on a number of end of year lists, particularly on sites that support lesser known / independent artists, but for reasons unknown that hasn’t happened.
Silence is Tom’s fully-fledged debut album and one I’ve become fully obsessed with since its Spring release this year. It’s a body of work full of calm, big spaces, shifting ruminative atmospheres and true beauty. It’s tender, celestial and the music, much of it formed through piano chords and ambient electronics manages to be both introspective and expansive at the same time. It’s a record that could appeal to fans of Sigur Ros, Jeff Buckley, Nils Frahm and Coldplay (or at least those who like Coldplay’s softer more intimate moments).
Silence is such a beautiful thing it requires just that – absolute silence to listen to it. When you find yourself in a quiet space, this one fits perfectly.
Tom Adams - Tides