MajorTommy is a pop singer/songwriter who admirably prefers to let his music do the talking. All we know about him so far is that Major is a nickname he has had for a long time. His music is best described as sophisticated pop akin to Coldplay and Sam Smith, though vocally he sounds more similar to a cross between OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and the throaty vocal style of Jon Bon Jovi..
This EP, No Flight nor Fear, consists of four tracks, all produced to a very high standard. The opening song Honey begins with pulsing Viva La Vida-style low end strings (a 60 piece orchestra recorded in London) which sets the tone for the entry of Tommy’s distinctive and captivating lead vocals. The lyrics are inventive and slightly ‘off the wall’ for mainstream pop: “We made another funny home made video, we keep on laughing at the story even though it ain’t that funny and our jokes, they kind of blow….”.
It’s an original way of approaching a love song, and leads to a strong, anthemic chorus. The tracks builds up in the second verse and truly explodes during the second chorus, the sound as big as Coldplay or U2 at their most epic. It’s an excellent song and an obvious choice as the lead single from the EP.
The high standard continues with second track Tell Me, a more mellow and melancholy ballad that starts with a tapped bass guitar arpeggio. Tommy’s vocals here are more gentle and sensitively delivered, showing his artistic versatility. The languid pace and sparse arrangement allows the vocals to shine and the emotional resonance of the lyrics to be conveyed: “I know that it’s certain we won’t stay the same if you won’t tell me anything…”. A touching song that many people will relate to, with some fine extemporizations towards the end.
The following Slow Motion is another ballad but this one takes us back into the realms of the epic. It’s a huge emotive love song that wears its heart on its sleeve, Tommy giving a stellar vocal performance comparable to Bon Jovi’s wedding song classic Always. The strings again play a strong supportive role, with a swirling Toxic-esque arrangement. Another potential single, undoubtedly.
I Don’t Wanna Go is another very well written that sits halfway between the previous tracks. Starting with flowing classical-influenced piano and strident use of strings, it gradually develops into a powerful pop track that brought to mind the Will Young classic Your Game, with another standout vocal performance. Lyrically, it’s a hugely emotive and honest depiction of the internal conflicts that many relationships encounter. Remarkably, for the last song on an EP, this is again a potential single.
Overall, this is an extremely impressive four songs from a currently enigmatic artist whose music can stand on his own merits. As a songwriter, he has emerged fully developed and is blessed with a charismatic and recognizable voice. With a radio friendly sound and flawless production, he has everything it takes to compete with the mainstream pop luminaries of this era.
VERDICT: 8.6 out of 10