Tom Mouse Smith is quickly emerging as not only one of the youngest singer-songwriters in the region, but also one of the most talented. The 14-year-old’s latest single, ‘What Did You Expect’, sees him team up with his 12-year-old sister Hannah to create a stellar acoustic ballad.
Tom used to cover ‘Tightrope’ by The Stone Roses and took inspiration from the song’s permanent harmony structure for “What Did You Expect”; his sister Hannah’s backing vocals help to create solid harmonies that work hand in hand with Tom’s singing style. The song also showcases the range of Tom’s vocal ability as he goes from soft sounding folk sounds to raspy rock style tones with the ease of a performer many years his senior.
Much like his vocals, the lyrics and meaning behind ‘What Did You Expect’ shows a level of maturity much higher than you’d expect from your average 14-year-old – but then again Tom’s penmanship strikes you as anything but average. The song describes the feeling of being put under pressure by someone else’s hopes and expectations for you and then inevitably letting them down by not reaching those great heights. Despite the lyrics seeming slightly pessimistic, the song has an upbeat tone that makes you feel proud to just be yourself, without meeting the expectations of others.
‘What Did You Expect’ will be available as a double A-Side vinyl along with ‘Born Blind’ very soon. You can also listen to ‘What Did You Expect’ on YouTube now.