Tom Rosenthal (musician)

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Tom Rosenthal
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Background information
Born (1986-08-26) 26 August 1986 (age 34)
OriginLondon, England
GenresIndie pop, indie folk
InstrumentsVocals, piano, ukulele
Years active2010–present
Websitetomrosenthal.co.uk

Thomas Paul Pym Rosenthal (born 26 August 1986) is an English singer-songwriter and composer. His music has been described as "short, expertly crafted pop songs".[1]

Music[edit]

Rosenthal has released 5 albums to date, all of them self-released on his own label Tinpot Records, beginning with Keep a Private Room Behind the Shop in 2011, and the latest being Z-Sides in 2018. His songs have had over 200 million streams on Spotify[2] and his music videos over 75 million views on YouTube.[3] Rosenthal's works are currently published by Universal Music Publishing Group.

Rosenthal's music is typically accompanied by music videos with a diverse style. The music videos for "A Thousand Years", "As Luck Would Have It", "I Like it When You're Gone", "Lead Me To You", and "Fenn" are Vimeo Staff Picks.[4][5][6][7][8] The video for "Watermelon" was listed in the Top 30 music videos of 2014 by The Huffington Post.[9] Josie Long features in the video for "Lights are on But Nobody's Home".[10] Some of Rosenthal's videos have included crowdsourced clips based on a theme, such as people hugging for "Hugging You",[11] and parents/grandparents in "Just As".[12] He has written a number of songs about people and controversial events e.g. I'm Yohan Blake (about Yohan Blake and his athletics career against Usain Bolt),[13] Hey Luis Don't Bite Me (about Luis Suarez's biting incident),[14] Melania (about First Lady Melania Trump),[15] as well as a Christmas song, alongside The Michalaks for Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: Dear Mr Amazon Lady [16]

Rosenthal's tracks "Forgets Slowly", "Lights on But Nobody's Home", and "Take Care" featured in the Skins episode "Alo".[17][18] "Go Solo" was featured on the soundtrack of the German film Head Full of Honey (2014), the documentary Kid Poker (2015), the NFL documentary Hard Knocks, the film trailer for Felix and Meira, and the Netflix documentary The Least Expected Day: Inside the Movistar Team 2019.[19] "Go Solo" and "I Want You in My Dreams" were featured in the award-winning feature film Where We're Meant to Be.[20] "It's OK" features on the film trailers for Comet (2014),[21] Anesthesia (2014).[22] and L'odyssée (2016)[23] From 2016 through to 2018 his songs It's OK and Woes have been used on Neighbours.[24][25][26] "Hugging You" was used on season 2 of Virgin River.

Rosenthal has also written a number of soundtracks for short films and advertisements.[27]

Rosenthal produced a series of ten vlogs that started on 10 March 2016,[28] and finished on 19 April 2016.[29] The vlogs feature a mix of live performances and his family and friends. The final vlog included an interview with the comedian and actor Tom Rosenthal. He started a second series of vlogs on 13 August 2017[30] which ended on 29 December 2017.[31]

Rosenthal played his first concert at St Pancras Old Church on Wednesday 13 March 2019, followed by a tour around Europe and a gig at Union Chapel, with over 40 concerts in 2019.[32] Rosenthal continues to tour in the UK and the rest of Europe in 2020, although the tour has been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rosenthal wrote the short song "Life on Lockdown" about living during the COVID-19 pandemic for BBC Radio 4.[33]

Rosenthal recorded a cover version of the single Home (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros song) in 2015,[34] and this went viral on TikTok in September 2020. Rosenthal preferred that listeners didn't confuse his covers with his original work, so he released a single of Home on 16 October 2020 followed by an album of covers called "Stop Stealing the Covers!" on 13 November 2020 under the pseudonym Edith Whiskers.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Rosenthal studied Anthropology at Durham University.[when?] He currently lives with sign painter Bella Pace[36][37] and their two daughters Bess (nickname Bolu) and Fenn in London.

At age 4, Rosenthal's daughter Fenn composed the song "Dinosaurs In Love", which went viral in 2020 and became an internet sensation.[38][39] Both Rosenthal's daughters, Bess and Fenn, released an EP called "They're Awake!" on 27 March 2020.[40] Dinosaurs in Love was also released as an illustrated book in the USA on 20 October 2020, with a UK release on 21 January 2021.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Notes
Keep a Private Room Behind the Shop
  • Released: 10 October 2011
  • Label: Tinpot Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
[41]
Who's That in The Fog?
  • Released: 25 October 2013
  • Label: Tinpot Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download, 12" vinyl
[41]
Bolu
  • Released: 10 April 2015
  • Label: Tinpot Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download, 12" vinyl
[41]
Fenn
  • Released: 26 May 2017
  • Label: Tinpot Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download, 12" vinyl
[41][42]
Z-Sides
  • Released: 26 October 2018
  • Label: Tinpot Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download, 12" vinyl

Extended plays[edit]

Title Detroit
The Pleasant Trees
  • Released: 14 March 2014
  • Label: Tinpot Records
  • Format: Digital download
The Pleasant Trees, Vol. 2
  • Released: 25 December 2015
  • Label: Tinpot Records
  • Format: Digital download
The Pleasant Trees, Vol. 3
  • Released: 13 May 2016
  • Label: Tinpot Records
  • Format: Digital download
Don't Die Curious
  • Released: 30 March 2018
  • Label: Tinpot Records
  • Format: Digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
B-Sides
  • Released: 29 April 2013
  • Label: Tinpot Records
  • Format: Digital download
The Pleasant Trees (Volumes 1, 2 & 3)
  • Released: 13 May 2016
  • Label: Tinpot Records
  • Format: CD, digital download, 12" vinyl

Non-album singles[edit]

Year Title
2011 "Superfresh"
2012 "Christmas Quiet"
2014 "Hey Luis Don't Bite Me"
2017 "Melania"
2019 "Big Pot of Hummus"
2019 "It's Been a Year"
2020 "If We All Die Tomorrow"
2020 "157"
2020 "If We All Die Tomorrow (Acoustic)"
2020 "Hope"
2020 "Albert Camus"
2020 "Jim and Dwight"
2020 "FLOURISHING"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tom Rosenthal – Keep A Private Room Behind The Shop". musicOMH.
  2. ^ Tom Rosenthal. Open.spotify.com.
  3. ^ Tom Rosenthal. YouTube.
  4. ^ Tom Rosenthal - 'A Thousand Years' (Official Music Video). Vimeo.
  5. ^ Tom Rosenthal - "As Luck Would Have It" - Official music video. Vimeo.
  6. ^ I Like It When You're Gone. Vimeo.
  7. ^ Lead Me To You. Vimeo.
  8. ^ Fenn. Vimeo.
  9. ^ "The 30 Best Music Videos Of 2014". The Huffington Post. 11 December 2014.
  10. ^ Tom Rosenthal - Lights are on but Nobody's Home. YouTube. 15 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Tom Rosenthal feat. Billie Marten - Hugging You [Official Video]". YouTube. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Tom Rosenthal - Just As (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Tom Rosenthal – I'm Yohan Blake". Genius.com. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Tom Rosenthal – Hey Luis Don't Bite Me". Genius.com. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Tom Rosenthal – Melania". Genius.com. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  16. ^ "AZ Lyrics.az | The Michalaks - Dear Mr Amazon Lady lyrics". M.lyrics.az. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  17. ^ "tom-rosenthal". Sabotagetimes.com. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Skins Season 6 Episode 7: Alo Skins Music : what tracks were played on Frankie's Episode". Skinsmusic.com.
  19. ^ FÉLIX ET MEIRA Trailer - Canada's Top Ten Film Festival 2014. YouTube. 4 December 2014.
  20. ^ "Where We're Meant to Be (2016)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  21. ^ Comet Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Justin Long, Emmy Rossum Romance Movie HD. YouTube. 27 October 2014.
  22. ^ Anesthesia Official Trailer 1 (2016) - Kristen Stewart, Sam Waterston Movie HD. YouTube. 10 December 2015.
  23. ^ "L'odysée". Allocine.fr (in French). 23 August 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  24. ^ "Neighbours Episode 7498 from 2016 - NeighboursEpisodes.com". Neighboursepisodes.com. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  25. ^ "Neighbours Episode 7625 from 2017 - NeighboursEpisodes.com". Neighboursepisodes.com. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  26. ^ "Neighbours Episode 7831 from 2018 - NeighboursEpisodes.com". Neighboursepisodes.com. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  27. ^ "Tom Rosenthal - Soundtracks". Tomrosenthal.co.uk. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  28. ^ VIDEO ONE : About The Weather. YouTube. 10 March 2016.
  29. ^ VIDEO TEN - Take Your Guess (The End). YouTube. 19 April 2016.
  30. ^ 11. Throw The Fear (THE VLOGS ARE BACK!!). YouTube. 13 August 2017.
  31. ^ 20. I GOT MYSELF A FINISH. YouTube. 29 December 2017.
  32. ^ Tom Rosenthal - an ordinary weirdo. 26 March 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  33. ^ "This is a little song I wrote for a @BBCRadio4 programme called 'Life On Lockdown'". 4 April 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  34. ^ "Super 8 - 2015". Youtube. 29 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  35. ^ "Edith Whiskers: How an imaginary gran got millions of Spotify streams". BBC. 26 November 2020. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  36. ^ "VIDEO NINE : Don't Wait". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  37. ^ "Bella Pace - Signwriter". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  38. ^ "Three-Year-Old's 'Dinosaurs in Love' Song Is a Real Tear-Jerker". Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  39. ^ Kolirin, Lianne (29 January 2020). "Toddler's adorable song about ill-fated dinosaurs in love goes viral". CNN. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  40. ^ "Announcement! My daughters, Fenn & Bess Rosenthal, are releasing their debut EP". 26 March 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  41. ^ a b c d Silva, Vic (31 January 2018). "Tom Rosenthal inspires an awaiting audience through lovely song-crafting". The Chimes. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  42. ^ Hillier, David (18 May 2017). "How to be a DIY pop star: lollipops, kung fu and other fail-safe strategies". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 20 March 2020.