Single Review: Newton Faulkner - Clouds (Released July 1st) ✭✭✭✭


Brit nominated, acoustic guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner is set to release his third album ‘Write It On Your Skin’ on July 9th with its first single ‘Clouds’ out on July 1st.

It’s been over three years since 2009’s ‘Rebuilt By Humans’ and in that time he’s toured the world, started a family (he has a one year old son, Beau Henry Faulkner-Richards). Now, after invention, innovation, reinvention and creation, comes his third album, ‘Write It On Your Skin’. This one man band (in every sense) has opened himself up to the talents of other writers and players working with his brother Toby (a former drum and bass MC), hip hop fan Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet) and production writing pair Nexus. The result? An album bristling with spontaneity, the best kind of DIY imagination, and songs from unlikely sources but with a very likely-lad appeal.

Newton has previously sold over 1 million albums in the UK alone. His debut ‘Hands Built By Robots’ spent over 10 months inside the Top 40 Album Charts and become one of the Top 20 Biggest Selling UK digital albums of all time.

The single ‘Clouds’ is a great choice for a first single release. I’ve listened to this song numerous times and every time I listen to it, it just gets better. The guitars, the music, the lyrics makes this a winning combination. The unique sound of Newton’s voice is beautiful. The song has a catchy rhythm and with Newton’s easy laid back voice, I can imagine it being a big hit for a summer song. I hope this song gets the credit it deserves and does well in the charts.

4 out of 5 stars ✭✭✭✭

Newton will be touring the UK, giving fans the chance to hear new material as well as his classic hits.

Listings Information

1st Oct – Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
3rd Oct – Glasgow, O2 ABC
4th Oct – Inverness, Ironworks
9th Oct – Newcastle, O2 Academy
10th Oct – Manchester, O2 Apollo
11th Oct – Liverpool, O2 Academy
12th Oct – York, Barbican
14th Oct – Leeds, O2 Academy
15th Oct – Oxford, New Theatre
16th Oct – Leicester, O2 Academy
18th Oct – Birmingham, O2 Academy
19th Oct – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
20th Oct – Exeter, Great Hall
22 Oct – London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Review by Christina Benneworth