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Sam Tompkins: “(w)hole”

By: Fay Rose
August 14, 2021

When I hit the play button, I was not expecting my reaction to Sam Tompkins new release, “(w)hole.”  This song was like a therapy session, triggering an avalanche of repressed feelings from all that has been going on over the last 2 years, until my emotions poured out like a flood. Anyone who doesn’t resonate with this song on some level needs to be checked for a pulse.

“(w)hole,” which is such a clever song title I might add, has two messages to get across. First, it speaks openly & sincerely to express the emotional “hole” a person feels inside even if you can’t tell from the outside. Then it goes on to convey that sometimes you can’t do it on your own, and you need to be part of a “whole” through the kindness of others in order to heal, whether it’s to heal your own hole or the hole in the world. If you watch the video (which I recommend), the message is made clearer, and the true depth of the song can be felt more intensely.

Sam Tompkins starts off singing soft and mild until his feelings slowly erupt to a yell by the chorus. These chorus lyrics are what got to me too –  “Why is everything so hopeless?/Everybody’s lost control/I wish that I could fill this ocean size open hole/How the hell are we still copin’/When everybody feel so broke?/I wish that I could fill this ocean size open hole/But what do I know?”

The UK artist’s vocals and use of expression sound so similar to that of Lewis Capaldi. Overall, the tune is emotionally charged with brilliant lyrics, heartfelt vocals and a modern pop melody.

Listen to “(w)hole,” watch the video, and wait to see what’s up next for the talented Sam Tompkins. He is currently working on his third EP.

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