Inspired by recent global turmoil, brilliant up and coming artist Tom Featherstone has released a gorgeous and heartfelt re-imagining of his 2019 debut track ‘Alright’. Indeed, all proceeds raised by the new single ‘Alright (At Home)’ will go towards the Sheffield-based community and cultural centre Foodhall, supporting vulnerable individuals in the area during this time of unrest.
Tom expands stating that “Whilst feeling helpless in many ways during lockdown, we decided that whatever money we can generate to support Foodhall after the monumental work they have been doing and continue to do to support the most vulnerable in our community, is worthwhile. The track certainly comes at a time where things aren’t “alright” or “all as it should be” at all with what we’re becoming increasingly aware of abroad in the US and Yemen as well as locally with serious inequalities remaining in our society for way too long with too little being done by those in power. I guess the hope of this track is to bring a bit of peace and rest to those fighting for justice and progress in this time as we all seek to educate, challenge and change ourselves and our communities.”
Sonically the track is reminiscent of recent work by Ethan Gruske, capable of developing a haunting, lofi ambience and yet retaining a certain grittiness thanks to the DIY iPhone recording and crackle of Tom’s raw vocal performance.
Speaking on ‘Alright (At Home)’, Featherstone explains: “The original single had been released way back in November 2019 and the chorus and sentiment of the track just came back to me in lockdown, it was important to sing over myself in a way to combat anxiety. I called Nick (Minimal Animal) with the idea of this new version exposing the vulnerability and intimacy of the lyrics; he was down and made it this beautiful track that we get to release together.”
It seems clear Tom is not just an artist to keep an eye out for in terms of musical expression but for his philanthropic actions and exceptional intentions also.