Song: MF Tomlinson – Strange Times

By Joseph Purcell

Having released his debut EP, Last Days of Rome, in the early part of 2020, London-based MF Tomlinson releases the first track, Strange Time, from his forthcoming album of the same name. Speaking more on the release of the new single and album title track, Tomlinson added: Strange Time is the phrase that you can’t escape these days – it’ll come up in almost every conversation you have. It’s a purely autobiographical song, in a world so bizarre that it almost feels like writing in character. I was driven, almost to an unhealthy extent, to get this song out. As things shut down, I felt I was sinking into a sleepy, anxious, twilight world that these languorous chords seemed to capture. I just had to find the right words.’

Strange Times’ tranquil opening is dispersed by chiming murmurs and a baroque spoken-word awash with witty observations – leaving little ambiguity as to his subject matter: ‘I’m locked down in my home… I’m trying to fathom the tragedy now and hereafter… Everyone’s been saying how they need to take a break, but we got more than we bargained for.’

MF Tomlinson’s debut album, Strange Time, is out on 9th March 2021

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