10TH ANNIVERSARY OF DEBUT DOUBLE PLATINUM SELLING ALBUM
HAND BUILT BY ROBOTS
UK Headline Tour & Festival Performances at Boardmasters,
Solfest, Greenbelt Festival & More
Newton Faulkner has today released the exceptional new single ‘Hit The Ground Running’, taken from his brand new sixth studio album of the same name - out September 1st. The new release comes nearly ten years to the day of the release of Newton’s double platinum selling debut album Hand Built By Robots.
Featuring his synonymous percussive guitar playing, ‘Hit The Ground Running’ is minimalistic in approach, but a true melodic force, showcasing a skyscraping falsetto that is up there with the very best. Lyrically uplifting, the track drives home a positive message of triumph over adversity and beating the odds to succeed.
Of the track, Newton says; “In the past I have mainly focused on pushing my guitar playing, on this album and particularly the first single, I decided to focus on my voice. On the last few albums, there were quite a few co-writes but on this one my brother forced me to write mostly on my own and this song is one of the ones that came out of that. It's about messing things up but keeping moving forwards. I happen to have a reasonable amount of experience in both.”
Hit The Ground Running marks the British singer-songwriter’s sixth studio album, coming just over ten years since releasing his double platinum debut album Hand Built By Robots. Featuring the exuberance of album opener ‘Smoked Ice Cream’ and ‘This Kind Of Love’ to the mellow tones of ‘All She Needs’ and ‘Finger Tips’ Hit The Ground Running is a bonafide package of musical variety, something that has almost become expected from Faulkner. ‘Been Here Before’ serves up another fine example of his percussive acoustic pop, whilst ‘Never Alone’ proves that his ear for mammoth melodies has strengthened yet again.
Of the album, Newton says; “I started working this album with two main principles in mind. One, I wanted it to be at its best performed solo live and two, I wanted to push my voice further than before. With the songwriting, I just wanted to do what I do naturally and not try and be clever and try and predict or follow any trends. The same went for the production, and from that, I feel like I've finally found my recorded sound.”
When he emerged in 2007, Newton Faulkner was the fleet-fingered prince of sparkling guitar pop. A graduate of the Guildford Academy of Contemporary Music, the songwriter from Surrey had a million-selling, Number One hit with his debut album Hand Built By Robots. Singles ‘Dream Catch Me’ and ‘I Need Something’ still soundtrack festivals all over the world, along with his innovative cover of Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’. This is a man who knows how to entertain and to enthral.
The last two years since releasing his previous LP Human Love, have seen Newton join the cast of the award-winning musical American Idiot, based on the music of punk rock group Green Day, as well as penning music for films.
As a rite of passage, this summer sees Newton return to Boardmasters Festival, as well as slots at Solfest, Greenbelt and more. These festival dates set him up perfectly for a 32-date stint around the UK across October and November, headlining the length and breadth of the isles.
‘HIT THE GROUND RUNNING’ TRACKLISTING
1. Smoked Ice Cream
2. Hit The Ground Running
3. All She Needs
4. Been Here Before
5. Finger Tips
6. Guitar-y Thing
7. There Is Still Time
9. The Good Fight
10. This Kind Of Love
11. Never Alone
12. So Long
13. Carry You
14. Don’t Understand