One True Pairing (Tom Fleming, formerly of Wild Beasts) announces self-titled debut album

One True Pairing (Tom Fleming, formerly of Wild Beasts) announces self-titled debut album

On September 20th, Tom Fleming will release his debut solo album under the guise One True Pairing. The former Wild Beasts songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist shared the first taste of his new direction earlier this month with “One True Pairing”, the titular track of the upcoming record.

Today, Tom is pleased to share the second song from the self-titled album, “I’m Not Afraid”. With the refrain, “We’ve been kicked our whole lives and I’m not afraid, But I won’t go back down to that place again”, he sets his intention for One True Pairing.


“I wanted to write about the real world, I didn't want it to be an artistic, poised, tasteful record, it’s neo-heartland rock" says Tom. "One True Pairing is a name taken from internet fan fiction, where you write the perfect relationship you always wished existed. The idea of Prince Charming and Helpless Princess living happily after is no fun at all.”

Tom’s musical touchstones were Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty alongside Depeche Mode and Swans. He wrote and played everything himself and then brought in Ben Hillier (Nadine Shah, Graham Coxon) on mixing and production duties.

One True Pairing is an album shaped by class frustration and self-despair, also continuing the exploration of masculinity that made Wild Beasts so unique. As well as being deeply personal, OTP has a wider political resonance. "This country is going through a terrible moment and if you listen to the art nobody seems to give a shit,” Fleming says emphatically. He believes that class is entirely discounted from the current conversation about inclusivity and privilege.

In 11 songs of discordant guitar and aggressive synth, Fleming channels his discontent with Britain in 2019 and a “feeling of directionless rage and cheatedness which hasn't gone away."

Alongside a headline London show at one of Tom’s favourite pubs in Finsbury Park, One True Pairing will be playing at several UK & EU festivals this summer. 

Upcoming live dates
07/20 – Tramlines Fringe, Sheffield
07/21 – Doune The Rabbit Hole, Stirling
07/25 – Bedford Tavern, London Tickets
08/24 - Todays Festival, Turin
09/18-21 – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg

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One True Pairing One True Pairing

Album | 20th September 2019

One True Pairing is the alias of former Wild Beasts songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Fleming. This self-titled debut album is formed of 11 songs of discordant guitar and aggressive synth, shaped by class frustration and self-despair. It sees Fleming channel his discontent with Britain in 2019 and a "feeling of directionless rage and cheatedness which hasn't gone away".

Tracklisting

  • 1Zero Summer
  • 2I'm Not Afraid
  • 3One True Pairing
  • 4Weapons
  • 5Dawn At The Factory
  • 6Blank Walls
  • 7Reaper of Souls
  • 8Elite Companion
  • 9Alive In The Resplendent Flames
  • 10King Of The Rats
  • 11Only God Can Judge Me

One True Pairing One True Pairing

Album | 20th September 2019

One True Pairing is the alias of former Wild Beasts songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Fleming. This self-titled debut album is formed of 11 songs of discordant guitar and aggressive synth, shaped by class frustration and self-despair. It sees Fleming channel his discontent with Britain in 2019 and a "feeling of directionless rage and cheatedness which hasn't gone away".

Tracklisting

  • 1Zero Summer
  • 2I'm Not Afraid
  • 3One True Pairing
  • 4Weapons
  • 5Dawn At The Factory
  • 6Blank Walls
  • 7Reaper of Souls
  • 8Elite Companion
  • 9Alive In The Resplendent Flames
  • 10King Of The Rats
  • 11Only God Can Judge Me
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