Tom Craven has just released his sophomore album “Make Yourself Known,” and it’s an indie rock masterpiece that is sure to turn heads. Drawing influences from pop, garage rock, and alternative music, Tom’s unique blend of genres shines through on this record. The album is the follow-up to his remastered debut album “The Unopened Letter & a Diary of Your Sloppy Apologies,” which was also released in 2023.
With 12 songs that clock in at 41 minutes, “Make Yourself Known” features standout tracks such as “Hidden City,” “New Signals,” “Catalyst,” “Sleep,” and “Little Steps.” The production quality on this album is exceptional, with a masterful mix that features stereo depth, rumbling low frequencies, gorgeous vocal harmonies, and well-balanced compression throughout. Tom’s extensive experience as a solo acoustic artist on the Watford/Milton Keynes music scene for over a decade is evident in the production quality of the album.
Tom’s emotive vocals are the backbone of “Make Yourself Known,” and his storytelling and lyrical narratives are the centrepiece throughout the album. The guitar tones are reminiscent of the pop music in cinema during the 90s, with the songs built around guitar arpeggios that create a wholesome narrative. The album is a journey of self-discovery, and the tracks are a testament to Tom’s ability to blend acoustics and rock in a unique way. The fourth track, “Secondhand Smoke,” is our personal favourite. An upbeat blues rock number with carefully placed seventh chords that is a testament to Tom’s ability to explore newer territories while staying true to his sound.
Tom Craven has been making waves in the indie scene for a while now
Tom Craven’s history as a solo acoustic artist in the Watford/Milton Keynes music scene spans over a decade. During this time, he has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, and even California. He has built a reputation for his ability to blend acoustics and rock in a unique way, creating a perfect blend of music for all ages. His music has subtle elements towards indie and folk, but his real strength lies in his storytelling and confidence/presence onstage.
As Dan O’Shea of 15 Minute Club stated, “Charming and beautiful, Tom Craven has a resolute integration between his music and his personality. Both warm and secure, his confidence is infectious.” The Watford Observer also had glowing things to say about Tom Craven, stating, “Tom’s soulful acoustic sound translates beautifully into both his powerful ballads and upbeat melodic tracks. Catchy songs about life, love and everything in between mean that this talented young musician is definitely one to watch.”
A diverse soundscape rooted in classic 90s pop music
“Make Yourself Known” would be the perfect soundtrack for contemporary TV shows such as “Love Life” or “Master of None,” with its indie rock vibes, moving vocals, and heartwarming storytelling. Tom Craven’s music would also fit perfectly into movies that showcase the beauty of the human experience. The album’s guitar-driven sound would also fit perfectly in a film like “Almost Famous” which showcases the power of music in our lives.
In conclusion, “Make Yourself Known” is a fantastic addition to the artist’s rapidly growing discography. With its unique blend of genres and Tom Craven’s ability to craft moving narratives, the album is proof of Tom’s growth as an artist and his willingness to explore new sonic landscapes. It’s an album that will leave a lasting impact on the listener and solidify Tom Craven’s place in the global indie rock scene. We can’t wait to see what the musician has in store for us next!