One of the UK’s most interesting soul and jazz prospects of late has been singer-songwriter Toby Corton, who has just unveiled his latest single.
‘Kill Your Darlings’ looks at our human desire to evolve, and how we must shed the things that make us feel safe so that we can allow ourselves to grow.
“At its core, the song is about this idea that sometimes in order to grow, we need to cast off the things we hold dear. For me it’s about getting out of your comfort zone and assessing relationships that in the moment can provide comfort, but ultimately hold you back from getting to the place you want to be. During lockdown, I was holed up and spending a lot of time in the absence of entertainment or opportunity to get out and perform, so I was very much in an introspective headspace, doing a lot thinking. I was really taking stock of where I was at and where I wanted to go or be, thinking about the things holding me back and trying to get myself in alignment.”
‘Kill Your Darlings’ is taken from Corton’s upcoming ‘Don’t Blame Me’ EP, which is scheduled for release later this spring.
To date, Corton has received praise from the likes of Wonderland, NOTION, Clash and Dazed magazines, and also performed in spaces as iconic as Servant Jazz Quarters and the Roundhouse.