Brooklyn-based British rocker Tom Wardle returns with a bang on an irresistible new power-pop track Secret, following on from his critically acclaimed single Jacqueline, which Rolling Stone named one of their Songs You Need To Know of 2019
Secret - an anthem bursting with defiant, hopeful energy, features rich, layered guitars and a heartfelt chorus chant. Coupled with Wardle's earnest, raspy vocals, Secret echoes the swagger of classic rock artists such as Thin Lizzy and The Faces. The single sees Tom team up again with members of the Brian Wilson band in Hollywood, whom he worked with previously on 2019’s Jacqueline EP.
The single: written about a fight back after a fall from grace. It speaks of personal determination and the longing to be heard again. A theme that was picked up on by English football's legendary underdogs and former European Champions Nottingham Forest (of whom Wardle is a lifelong fan). To his delight, the club are using the song as their adopted anthem to galvanise fans on social media, when the current season restarts in mid-June. As, the club anticipates a return to the English top flight after a 20 year absence.
"Forest’s worldwide fanbase are unique in that they feel like a family, and I wanted to honour those fans with the song. The video montage which it accompanies really makes you swell with pride to be associated with such a great city and club."
In addition, Wardle also has partnered with Queen’s Roger Taylor’s latest investment - London based audio tech startup IRIS. Becoming the first artist to incorporate their 'active listening' technology into the mix of a track. Using a proprietary algorithm which unlocks the ‘live’ dimension that’s lost in digital compression. Dramatically improving the quality of audio on streaming services.
"IRIS is excited to work with young emerging talent like Tom Wardle. IRIS and Tom share a passion for breaking musical boundaries and through the use of IRIS audio technology in the recording of Secret, this is a great example of how creativity and technology can come together."
Jacobi Anstruther, IRIS Founder and CEO
Secret has already found radio play on both sides of the Atlantic. With NPR’s WPPB in New York play-listing the track. And BBC Introducing in the UK championing its release with airplay. Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones) has praised Wardle's music on social media. While Ivor Novello-winning lyricist Chris Difford (Squeeze) co-produced tracks on the Jacqueline EP.
ABOUT TOM WARDLE: Arrived in America from Nottingham, England in 2017 with just $500 and a dream to make classic pop tunes. Wardle has since become a live music staple in New York City and the Hamptons. Performing at exclusive industry parties for celebrities, including Donna Karan. As well as being featured in socialite must-read Hamptons Magazine.
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ABOUT IRIS: IRIS is a revolutionary audio technology company whose mission is to enable the world to Listen Well. The patented IRIS software provides an audio experience that dramatically improves sound quality, whilst simultaneously promoting a unique neurological stimulation for listeners which creates ‘active listening’. By splitting and increasing phase information, IRIS introduces the space that is normally missing in recorded audio. Unlocking the 'live' dimension that's often lost in digital compression.