Becoming Real is the perfect name for Londoner Toby Ridler’s exotic sonic experiments. His songs sound like they’re undergoing a miraculous metamorphosis, as though they’ve awoken from uneasy dreams to find themselves transformed into something monstrous and amazing.

“I guess Becoming Real started when I was about 16,” he says. “Not that I really knew it at the time, but that’s when I started to develop my ideas.”

Becoming Real
(Pic chosen by Toby: “It kinda fits with the Becoming Real name.”)
His song Tracy Chapman, a delirious, galactic ballad, may draw twisted inspiration from the Fast Car-driving American songwriter, but it was written for the oldest of reasons. “The idea came when I met this awesome girl called Rosalind, and I guess I wanted to impress her, so I tried to write a song, but it kinda wrote itself,” he explains. “I don’t think it really impressed her now I think about it. I think it impressed me more which is kind of depressing.”

Listen to Becoming Real’s Tracy Chapman here.

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