Top Tracks: Tommy Ashby – Passing Through

Sometimes it can be very difficult to review a track and articulate your thoughts. This is one of those occasions, for the simple reason that everything comes together so perfectly on ‘Passing Through’ that it becomes impossible to pick out particular reasons for loving it. I could go on about the way it builds from warm emotive folk into straight anthemic Americana, or the way it instills both a sense of wanderlust and a need to cling on to a love that’s fading, or the way the light and airy vocals dance atop the gorgeous instrumental atmosphere. With all of these statements however I’d feel like I was still doing the song a disservice, and missing out some other element that makes it great. Scottish singer/songwriter Tommy Ashby has nailed it with this track, plain and simple. See you in the ‘best of the year’ lists.

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