Song Of The Day 20: Tom Williams & The Boat – Concentrate

Regular readers of this particular corner of the internet will remember the first batch of FUTUREMUSIC features from last year. A week or so before the next run begins, it’s a pleasure to report that one of the Class of 2009 is about to take the next step.

Last summer, I was raving about the vast number of quaintly rough around the edges indie-folk tunes Mr Williams and his seafaring vessel has already foisted upon the word and it is one of those aforementioned tracks that has been re-tooled in order to launch him properly into the nation’s collective ears. On March 8th Unlabel, along with his original home – Wire Boat Recordings, will put out ‘Concentrate’ as a digital download and 7” vinyl. It’s now a little muddier and a bit more guitars with attitude than it was originally. It’s a bit weird hearing it after playing the early version so many times, but it’s still a wonderful, catchy slice of indie pop and a track I can wholeheartedly recommend. I suspect the album will be something special when it arrives towards the summer. Give it a few plays and little bits will start to stick, not least the line “Fifty-something balding racist.” Just Played will endeavour to have a word with Tom closer to the release of the single, just to whet your appetite a little further.