Posts tagged ‘Academy of Contemporary Music’

December 28, 2010

All Eyes on: Newton Faulkner

by Accidental Bear

Newton was brought to my attention recently by our similarity in appearance, minus the white persons dread locks. A smokin’ hot read head, sultry voice and a gutiar you say, I’m all ears!

Newton Faulkner believes in accidents. A bona fide pop star at home in his native UK – where radio presence, great press and a thrilling live show drove Hand Built By Robots to the top spot on the album sales chart upon its release there last summer – this 23-year-old singer-songwriter makes music full of serendipity and happenstance, coincidence and luck. As its title suggests, Hand Built By Robots contains acoustic music for the digital age: Faulkner croons in a voice shaped by years spent listening to Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Tom Waits and plays guitar with a distinctive tap-pick-and-strum technique that allows him to use the instrument as guitar, bass and drums all at once. Call it folk-pop for the future, and get ready to hear quite a lot of it as Faulkner goes about spreading his success to these shores.

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