Release Date: Sep 20, 2019
Record label: Domino
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
More than many artists, One True Pairing's Tom Fleming is well prepared to explore the complexities of the late 2010s. After all, he already tackled many of these subjects with Wild Beasts, a band who, over the course of five albums, eloquently explored the intersection of the personal and the political. Fleming continues to examine that fraught, inescapable relationship as One True Pairing, and though the name of his solo project comes from Internet fan fiction, his self-titled debut album couldn't be more genuine.
Tom Fleming is no stranger to melancholy. Serving as one half of the vocal power of beloved, and now defunct, Wild Beasts alongside Hayden Thorpe, Fleming often bore the weight of despair for the project. While Thorpe's voice floated with a certain lightness, Fleming's vocals could often feel more akin to a moan. His performance over the eerie, gently tragic 'New Life', among others, could be shattering without him ever stepping beyond a soft misery.