T Truman, the solo project and alter ego of the Vaccines’ keyboardist Timothy Lanham, today releases new single “Vanity Jones” alongside an extravagant accompanying video, which sees Truman cruising through a virtual San Francisco skyline in a vintage Alfa Romeo.
Speaking on the new single, T Truman said: “Vanity Jones is basically about the inner cynic who comes out uninvited and spoils a good time.” Dig a little deeper, and the track appears to examine human insecurities, jealousy and egotism – all wrapped in an irresistible piano-led, 70’s tinged sound that is unmistakably Truman.
“Vanity Jones”, co-produced and written with frequent collaborator Geoff Roberts, stands as the first new music to be heard from T Truman following his 2020 debut EP ‘Born To Be Right’, which drew praise for its glitzy, retro-pop stylings from the likes of NME, DIY Magazine, Dork Magazine, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash Magazine, Gigwise, Les In Rocks, Indie88 + more. The new single also coincides with a tour supporting Walt Disco, running from 23rd October to 1st November, including dates in Manchester, Brighton and London.
T Truman pays homage to the past as much as he looks forward to the future. With sonic references to 70’s piano-pop artists such as Todd Rundgren and Elton John, there’s a distinct nostalgic feeling, but one that confidently steps forward with a clear modern approach.
“Vanity Jones” is lifted from T Truman’s as-yet-unannounced second EP, due for release Spring 2022. Discussing the new EP, Truman commented: “Retrospectively I think a lot of this new EP’s underlying lyrical meaning is about a search for creative purpose, and perhaps the fear of what it means if you can’t find it… also a lot about the constant obsession with keeping in vogue, though I couldn’t help but layer all this with silly made up characters who I’d probably never want to meet.”
T Truman’s new single “Vanity Jones” is out now. He tours with Walt Disco later this month, and will play a headline show at the Servant Jazz Quarters in London on December 2nd. All live dates below.
T Truman, Live
Oct 23 Stockton-on-tees, KU (supporting Walt Disco)
Oct 24 Manchester, YES Basement (supporting Walt Disco)
Oct 25 Sheffield, Sidney & Matilda (supporting Walt Disco)
Oct 27 Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge (supporting Walt Disco)
Oct 29 London, Moth Club (supporting Walt Disco)
Nov 1 Brighton, The Hope and Ruin (supporting Walt Disco)
Dec 2nd London, Servant Jazz Quarters (Headline)