Classically trained singer-songwriter Tom Odell hails from Chichester in Southern England. He started writing melodies at the age of 13, storing all his ideas on a Dictaphone for years before moving up to London so that more people could hear his music. Lily Allen attended one of the singer-songwriter's shows, and impressed, she introduced him to some A&R people at Columbia who signed him up to the label. This stirring piano ballad is the title track of his debut EP, Songs From Another Love.
Regarding the song's meaning, Odell explained to The Sun: "It's about a particular relationship that I had. It's that feeling a lot of people have when they're in a new relationship but they can't stop thinking about the last one."
Odell made his television debut when he performed this song on the November 27, 2012 episode of Later... With Jools Holland.
The song also featured on Odell's debut long-player, Long Way Down
, which he told Digital Spy
, "is about the end of a relationship." He added that this tune "is on the darker side of the album."
Odell told The Mail On Sunday that he believes it best to avoid settling down - for the good of his songwriting. "When I was 16 or 17 I fell in love with someone and she broke my heart," he said. "That's what 'Another Love' is about, but I struggle to write if I'm happy."
The song's music video was directed by Jamie Thraves, who has previously worked with Blur, Radiohead and The Verve. It was filmed whilst Odell was in LA for his sold-out Troubadour show in May 2013. He explained: "A director called Jamie Thraves got in touch with an idea for a short film for 'Another Love'. He's made some of my favourite videos and films and I jumped at the chance to work with him.
I've always been fascinated by the power of music in film and how they work together and Jamie's idea kinda blew me away. We shot it in LA a few weeks back, and I co-star with this dog called Patch and a brilliant actress."
The song about fighting for someone you love became a symbol of Ukraine's resilience against the 2022 Russian invasion. Hundreds of Ukrainians used the track for TikTok videos, including one of a defiant Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.