Toby Corton & His Band By Chance release their new single Help Yourself tomorrow, 26 November. The single Help Yourself comes from their new EP, A Lover Outta Practice, released the same day.
In Toby’s own words ‘Help Yourself’ is a message to the people in your life that you always have their backs. The track explores potential friction that may arise when you’re just trying to act in someone’s best interest. It’s about the old adage that we are often most hurtful to those we love most. We may even say things we don’t mean and we won’t always agree, but ultimately it’s about knowing and trusting in that person to do right by you and to “Help You, Help Yourself”.
The accompanying video (below) tries to bring a sunny and more whimsical approach to lighten the topic of the single. Drawing on the very visual imagery of the lyrics to help reinforce the ideas of the song in a playful way, Toby hopes that “the kitsch, tacky and slightly cheap aesthetic is a source of some humour for people who watch”.
A refreshing mix of retro and modern influences, Toby’s sound is a modern British take on Neo-Soul, Jazz, soul, r’n’b with an indie sensibility. The singer/songwriter has quickly developed from acoustic performances to now working with a full live band, recently selling-out their second only ever live gig together at Servant Jazz Quarters in East London.
His first demo work Hazy Sunday has had an impressive number of streams on SoundCloud, and attracted the attention of Colours Berlin, who invited him to lead a performance at Pride in London 2017 in Trafalgar Square.
The single Help Yourself and EP A Lover Outta Practice are both available via Spotify and iTunes from 26 November.