Today Tom Forest is announcing the release of his debut full-length album Hope, and mxdwn has the premiere “Superhuman,” which comes from that upcoming album. Hope will be released January 12, 2018 on via Martel.
The new single has a stripped down production, with a simple drum arrangement guiding Forest’s gentle vocals and delicate piano arrangements. While the lyrics of “Superhuman” are rather sad, the message that you can overcome your own person struggle provides a sense of hope to the listener. The impassioned singing reassures the song’s subject that “you are superhuman,” an uplifting message that is bolstered by the sincerity of the songwriter.
“I have this image in my head of a man in a suit, underwater, never reaching the surface,” said Forest. “‘Superhuman’ is about working too hard towards something, becoming engulfed. I worked for a few years at a law firm with the idea that a solid, well paid job would somehow help me cling on in London, making music. But I was juggling two careers with no space for anything else, to breaking point. Sometimes it is better to give up, to go home, if you can.”
Hope Track List
2. You Have a Father
5. Human Nature
7. House of Cards
The songs on Hope, which was co-written and produced with wife and longtime collaborator Isabel Gracefield, can be placed into two categories. The earliest writing for the album features songs based on emotional family issues Tom was dealing with, specifically the near-death experience of his brother, and thematically touches on the fragility of childhood. The more recently-written material is about aging and maturing, finding a home and some “hope” in fatherhood. The album was recorded over the space of month in East London.
“Superhuman” follows the earlier single from Hope, which is titled “Believer.” The song premiered on Atwood Magazine, who described the song as “a powerful new single and a passionate cry into the darkness, shining a warm, bright light on the world…His soulful, impassioned voice invites us to dream—to ponder the little things, making the most of each day.”