In Play it Cool, def.fo urges you to let go of society’s phoniness and just enjoy life.
def.fo – Play It Cool
“Wanted for the theft of Hollywood costumes and props”, says the sign right at the beginning of the video, right before the smoothest rock tune kicks off. So begins Play It Cool, the latest single off Liverpool-based singer-songwriter def.fo’s debut album “Eternity” and we set off on a visual journey through our Bonnie and Clyde-esque antiheroes world.
As the music video unveils, they shimmy in a garage, pet their presumably stolen dough and just fool around in their lair, having the time of their lives, all while proudly sporting their tacky vintage outfits. The slick guitar melody perfectly embodies the message. “Your head’s too big today (…) Your ego’s running wild”, he goes in his breathy, whispery delivery, almost as if he is just too cool to belt… “No need to fake it”, he adds. In the end, they get in their 50s Cadillac and leave to ravage the city.
Son of a cult record producer (which definitely shows in his sound), Tom Powell has been writing songs since the age of three and has served as a bass-player to Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band. Now, under the alias of def.fo (a Scouse slang term for “definitely”, plus a full stop in the middle for style) has just begun what he calls his journey through “personal lines of enquiry and wide-open discussion”.
He is a self-proclaimed lover of 60s and 90s Anglo-American fare. He wrote the song as a light-hearted yet deep and sincere comment on the emptiness of our hyper capitalist world, where everything is manufactured and satisfaction is derived from chasing status and compromising one’s true self.
“This stylish retro-psychedelic jam has every inch of your body grooving”
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