MF Tomlinson knew he had to get it right.
A solo pop project, extensive writing sessions set the songwriter out on the right path, but he still needed the right introduction, the right debut single.
'Nature Boy' is that single. A coy, infectious opening gambit, the song is actually a reference to influential American songwriter Eden Ahbez’s ‘Nature Boy’, in which he sang: “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return...”
A song about love, acceptance and growth, it offers a neat 2k19 twist on Eden's age-worn wisdom.
“The song is a reckoning with the situation we find ourselves in,” explains MF Tomlinson. “Growth and acceptance faces opposition from a sometimes heart-breaking reality. eden’s ‘Nature Boy’ maxim still rings true - it just seems in need of an update… We’re all the hero in our own stories - you could think about it as a theme song for a hopeful person in a fucked up world.”
Out now, the blossoming melody is matched to an astute, impeccably curated arrangement. A bold first offering, you can check it out below.
Catch MF Tomlinson at London's Lexington venue on May 22nd.
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