Tom Chaplin, co-founder and frontman of two-time Brit Award-winning Keane, has shared his highly anticipated third solo album, MIDPOINT, available now via BMG on all DSPs and streaming services HERE.
Chaplin will celebrate MIDPOINT with a very special “Live to Vinyl with Mastercard” virtual recording session, which will be broadcast live from London’s iconic Metropolis Studios on Monday September 12 at 8:00 p.m. BST. The event – available exclusively to Mastercard cardholders – will feature a unique virtual recording experience and intimate performance, as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of Metropolis Studios. After the taping, Chaplin will answer submitted questions via a virtual fan Q&A chat. After the virtual experience, an exclusive 10-inch limited-edition live recording vinyl will be printed and shipped directly to fans. Full details and ticket information can be found now HERE.
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Produced by Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Laura Marling), MIDPOINT includes emotionally charged new songs like the reflective title track, “Midpoint”, joined by an official music video – directed by award-winning filmmaker Lucy Bridger and featuring featuring famous Irish actress Niamh Cusack – streaming now on YouTube.
Chaplin and his band will mark the arrival of MIDPOINT with a series of UK headline dates from October. For updates, please visit www.tomchaplinmusic.com.
Five albums and nearly two decades at the helm of Keane have seen Tom Chaplin rise to the heights of popular success and critical acclaim, four consecutive times topping the UK charts and two trips to the winner’s podium at the Brit Awards thanks to sold-out tours and performances at some of the world’s most legendary venues.
As a solo singer-songwriter, Chaplin’s 2016 debut album THE WAVE hit the top 3 on the UK’s Official Albums Chart, quickly followed a year later by TWELVE TALES OF CHRISTMAS, a holiday collection featuring eight Chaplin originals alongside covers inspired by festive standards. . Additionally, Chaplin recently appeared on the International Emmy Award-winning UK edition of The Masked Singer, performing as a seven-foot multicolored poodle (a tribute to the well-known pet). loved by his own family)
Recorded over a productive six weeks late last year at studios including Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios in Bath and Paul Epworth’s The Church studios in Crouch End, north London, MIDPOINT is the first solo album of Tom Chaplin where the veteran musician really presents everything himself – as a writer, singer, husband, world famous artist with a past (and all the ups and downs that come with it), and as a man middle-aged. Chaplin’s reflective and imaginative songs, played with empathy by a small group of hand-picked backing musicians, reveal an artist who finds himself in balance after working hard to achieve balance in his life, including including personal contentment – and long-term sobriety – in rural Kent with his family.
MIDPOINT emerged after the pandemic brought Keane’s highly anticipated North American tour to an abrupt end in support of CAUSE AND EFFECT in 2019, their first new album after a seven-year hiatus. Inspired by space, time, a changed world, and the arrival of his and his wife’s second child that spring, the songs came quickly, and with them, a thematic framework for a new album. Minimal and evocative, with delicately chosen guitar, spatial drumming and electronic soundscape washes, songs like “Midpoint” and the rolling piano ballad, “New Flowers,” resonate with a soft, enveloping universality, culminating with “Overshoot”, a heart-wrenching and moving ode to staying the course and embracing the entirety of life’s journey.
“There’s a space for something that’s nuanced,” says Tom Chaplin, “that explores a part of life that everyone goes through. There are some really interesting feelings, questions and emotions. 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.