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Tom Odell returns to childhood home in NZ

AAP logoAAP 29/07/2016 Danielle McGrane

British singer Tom Odell spent part of his recent trip Down Under visiting his childhood home in New Zealand.

As a youngster, Odell lived in Auckland for a year.

But the 25-year-old Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter hasn't been back since he was five.

"I went to visit the house that we lived in and the lady that was living there let me in the house, and I got to walk around," Odell told AAP in Sydney.

"They were very hospitable."

The singer, who has just released his second album, has been on a rollercoaster ride since releasing his first album Long Way Down in 2013.

The next year he nabbed the the Ivor Novello award for Songwriter of the Year, won a Brit Award, topped the UK charts and toured in support of Billy Joel.

But he remains modest.

He didn't even tell the people living in his old house in Auckland what he did for a living.

"I think that would have been a little bit weird, I'm a minor pop star," he said modestly.

But he does acknowledge things have changed massively in his life.

"2013 was a mad one because we toured so much and I kind of went from playing in bars to playing in bigger venues," he said.

"I was a bit like a rabbit in the headlights. If I look back at myself then, I was terrified."

He did feel more comfortable though making a second album, the recently released Wrong Crowd.

"I often get asked if I'll be nervous to make the second album. But if anything, doing the first album has brought me so much confidence to make a second album. I was excited about it, I didn't feel like I was entering into the abyss," he said.

"I knew a little bit more about what I was doing."

When he was writing he worked hard to delve deep, looking for the truth at the heart of his own feelings.

He admitted it isn't always clear how he truly feels about something.

"The biggest block for me as a songwriter is when I'm lying to myself, when I'm trying to convince myself that this is the way I feel about things, when really I don't," he said.

The result is an album full of cinematic scope and heartfelt lyrics, and honesty.

"Wrong Crowd is really deeply personal and far more than A Long Way Down in a lot of ways," he said.

"With each song I write, and with each year I'm doing it, I'm finding more ways to get more personal."

*Wrong Crowd is out now.

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