Newton Faulkner – in session for BBC Scotland – The Quay Sessions – October 13, 2021 – BBC Scotland
Newton Faulkner is an English singer-songwriter and musician from Reigate, Surrey, UK. Known for his rhythmic guitar playing, Faulkner came to prominence in 2007, with the release of his debut studio album, Hand Built by Robots. The album was certified double platinum in the United Kingdom.
Faulkner’s laid-back, acoustic sound, which has gained him plaudits and a larger fan base from the start. It was three years before he released his third record, Write It on Your Skin, in 2012; it became his second U.K. number one. Moving away from the theme of his previous full-length releases, he wrote this album to be played live, with a positive, upbeat feel. Faulkner worked with many contributors on the release, including BBC Fame Academy winner David Sneddon and production partner James Bauer-Mein, who make up the Nexus (Lana Del Rey, Matt Cardle, Hurts) and bass guitarist Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet). He returned in 2013, deciding to live-stream the recording process of his fourth effort for five weeks with an assortment of cameras in his East London home. The album, Studio Zoo, was produced entirely by Faulkner and featured guest performances from Irish singer Janet Devlin and Ted Dwane of Mumford & Sons. Faulkner returned in 2015 with his fifth record, Human Love, which was led by a cover of the Major Lazer track “Get Free,” and consolidated all of his influences from previous efforts, ranging from world music to opulent ballads. His sixth album, Hit the Ground Running, arrived in September 2017, a full decade after his debut. The following year saw the release of Faulkner’s first best-of compilation: The Very Best of Newton Faulkner… So Far included a new single, “Wish I Could Wake Up.” After a four-year hiatus, Faulkner returned with the heavier sounds of seventh LP.
If you aren’t already familiar, have a listen to the BBC Scotland session from a few days ago on the player.
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