After the recent birth of his second child, much of English singer-songwriter Tom Rosenthal's new work has been both directly and indirectly injected with the overwhelming wonder that comes with bringing a person into this world, and rightly so.
With the start of a new life comes a blank mind that, in time, must wrap itself around the idea of a planet floating in space that's both incomprehensibly enormous and incomprehensibly small. How can you even begin to explain the beauty and complexity of that idea?
"About The Weather" from Rosenthal's new EP The Pleasant Trees (Volume 3) is as good a place as any to start. It's clean, peaceful, and absolutely breathtaking, using poetic vocals over swelling strings and delicate piano to create a sound that feels like the dawn of something powerful:
"Take me on an adventure
Let it be a golden one.
I don't know much about the weather
So meet me in the morning sun."
The track also comes with a lovely video of shots slowly hovering over stunning natural scenes in which the humans that populate them are dwarfed by perspective. Hard to go wrong with this song, no matter how you choose to listen to it.