10 Juillet 2021
From UNITED KINGDOM •
Born in Manchester, England, Tommy Newport relocated to the United States with his family at six years old where he bounced around from Dallas to Seattle before settling down in Wichita, Kansas. After picking up the guitar as a teenager to ease the boredom that comes with the idyllic, but monotonous life in the Midwest, Newport submerged himself into music and hasn’t looked back since.
“Vanilla & Light” depicts the internalized thoughts of someone struggling day to day. The track narrates putting a spotlight on somebody who thinks they’re conventional, boring and unexciting in their own mind, only to have that spotlight show everyone else around them and themselves that they are not mediocre or ordinary and that nobody is. Newport explains, “I think a lot of people, including myself, spend a lot of time in their own heads questioning and doubting themselves and I believe the lyrics in this song portray one's mental observations who may be struggling with their identity and ego, and are reaching out for a light to shine on them to prove themselves in a way.”
This woozy single oozes a syrupy, sweet melody, with a steady, slow-paced drum beat. Accompanied by a pacy guitar lick and falsetto vocals uniting over a clean palette of sounds, “Vanilla & Light” shows a more tender and emotional side to Newports artistry.