Keane’s Tom Chaplin unveils a short film starring Niamh Cusack for ‘Midpoint’ the title track from his new solo album.
At 43, Tom Chaplin now finds himself at an equilibrium. Or, in fact, a ‘midpoint’. On the title track, Tom’s voice soars, painting a picture of a man who is both bemused and confused with thoughts of his midlife. These feelings are beautifully captured in an evocative film starring Niamh Cusack, and directed by Lucy Bridger.
Tom began writing ‘Midpoint’ and other new songs two years ago when Keane’s 2019 Cause and Effect tour was rudely interrupted by the pandemic. The songs, all founded on reflection and imagination, were recorded in six weeks at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath and Paul Epworth’s The Church in North London.
“I was like, wow, these are bare compared to what I’m used to,” Tom admits. “And it did find it frightening because with Keane records there’s so much layering to thicken things up and fill up the spaces. But this is a sparse record.”
Coming as Tom enters mid-life, ‘Midpoint’ is like nothing else. “There’s space for something nuanced that explores a part of life that everyone goes through,” Tom says. “If I can get some of that across and it can resonate with something people are feeling in their lives-well, I’d be more than happy with that.”
Tom will play the following UK dates:
Thu 06 LEICESTER, De Montfort Hall
Fri 07 SOUTHEND, Cliffs Pavilion
Sat 08 CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
Mon 10 MANCHESTER, Albert Hall
Tue 11 YORK, Barbican
Thu 13 NEWCASTLE, Gateshead Sage
Fri 14 GLASGOW, Royal Concert Hall
Sun 16 LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic
Mon 17 CARDIFF, St David’s Hall
Tue 18 BATH, Forum
Thu 20 EASTBOURNE, Congress Theatre
Fri 21 BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall
Sat 22 LONDON, Palladium