TOM SPEIGHT’s ‘Trick of the Light’: A Glistening Acoustic Anthem

Published on 25 August 2023 at 12:39

Words: Max Bradfield


Back on the 7th of July, Tom Speight released ‘Trick of the Light’. A bright set up for his album ‘Love & Light’ that came out on the 11th of this month, this track throws out high spirit vocals and an acoustic shine that is believed to have audiences hooked.


With a chord structure present in many indie-pop songs, this tune will likely strike a chord of nostalgia for many. For me, it was instantly recognisable as The War On Drugs’ ‘Red Eyes’. Talking about the lead single and its creation, Tom said:

“’Trick of the Light’ was one of the quickest songs I’ve ever written. Co-written with Matt Hales (Aqualung, Lianne La Havas) we had a burst of creativity after I came up with the guitar riff.


Building on simplistic beginnings, he went on record about the song’s meaning.

It’s a song about the initial meeting of someone when they seem out of this world… the feeling of, is this person even real?” 


My earlier estimations were proved correct by what he said next.

Sonically inspired by War On Drugs & Springsteen with the Synths & Wall of Sound approach. I think it’s going to be a huge live song for me.”



Inspirations take a lot of precedent in Tom’s musical career, as in his latest album (recently featured on BBC Radio 2’s ‘New To 2’ playlist) he honours a whole host of names in self-professed exploration of love, loss, and hope. Such big hitters are Damien Rice, Sufjan Stevens and John Mayer. 


In his own right, his music has connected with fans across the globe, with his heartfelt performances earning him support slots with the likes of James Bay, The Stereophonics, and Maisie Peters. This year, Tom will embark on his biggest UK headline tour to date.


Tom has also been a fixture on UK television, sharing his story and work on ITV News, BBC Breakfast, and Sky News. Tom’s music has earned high praise from some of the UK’s most respected publications, including The Telegraph, The Times, and The Metro. Plaudits look to continue as Speight’s latest album shines light on new, touching topics.


I’ve touched on things in this record that I’ve never spoken about before; it’s, without doubt, my most personal to date.


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