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NEWTON FAULKNER has announced a run of Record Shop instore performances and signing sessions to coincide with the release of his new album INTERFERENCE (OF LIGHT) out on 20 August on vinyl, CD and digital formats via Battenberg Records. The instore dates will firstly see Newton play an intimate show in the spectacular setting of Marlborough Community Hall then visit independent stores in Faversham, Margate, Southampton, Bournemouth and Southsea. Full dates as follows: 
Sat     21    MARLBOROUGH    Sound Knowledge @ 7pm @ Marlborough Memorial Hall
Tue    24    FAVERSHAM          Creekside Records @ 1pm
Tue    24    MARGATE               Elsewhere Records @ 8pm
Wed  25    SOUTHAMPTON    Vinilo Records @ 1pm
Wed  25    BOURNEMOUTH   Vinilo Records @ 6pm
Thu   26    SOUTHSEA              Pie & Vinyl Records @ 8pm
Full details of purchasing options are available directly from each individual store.
Four years on from his last studio album, Newton worked throughout lockdown from his recording studio in East London, exploring a number of new ideas and styles, using them as the building blocks for his new album. “I’m not very precious anymore,” he remarks. “The music is a bit chunkier, it’s definitely way heavier and much less acoustic than previously. I feel like the stuff I’ve written recently is simpler but it’s tasteful; it works as songs. I can feel it.”
INTERFERENCE (OF LIGHT) is an album that sees Newton push himself further, both musically and vocally. “It’s grizzly, soulful and a step further,” he says of his new material. “Vocally, I’ve learned a huge amount over the years. I was a guitarist and a writer who sang, that’s kind of where I came from. And now I feel like my voice has caught up with the stuff I was doing on guitar.”
The new album also sees him at his most daring, and his most familiar. Keeping to his trademark songwriting and storytelling, the album reflects his feelings on current times and how he took a different approach to recording during recent restrictions. “I don’t think things get better or worse, they just change,” he says. “I’ve purposefully steered away from any of the cliques that have appeared around me. I’ve just remained this solitary figure. This record was made during the strangest of global times, which presented huge challenges. Without these challenges, the record would not have been the same. Everyone involved, from the producers to the players, had to think and work in new, strange and exciting ways. I thank them all for their hard work. I hope they’re all as proud of this record as I am.”
The album will also feature different track lists for each format, as Newton explains. 
“The way we listen to music has changed dramatically in the time I’ve been making music and, for me, each medium has a different purpose and requires a different approach. Interludes, which played a huge part in Hand Built by Robots, make no sense being streamed on an online playlist but work amazingly on a CD, and vinyl is a different experience again. So, I’ve decided to package this album differently for each format: streaming sites will get a 17-track album with no interludes; the CD will be 17 tracks plus interludes for a smoother flow; and the vinyl will be 11 tracks curated to work on one disc with the best possible flow from one side to the other and the best possible sound.”
INTERFERENCE (OF LIGHT) is available to pre-order now from
Since the release of his debut album Hand Built by Robots in 2007 (featuring the massive hit Dream Catch Me) Newton Faulkner has become one of the UK’s most successful singer-songwriters of the millennium. Later this year, he will be heading out on tour to play to live music-starved fans across the UK and Ireland, starting with a number of rescheduled gigs from 2020, most of which are already sold out, and a full album tour beginning in October.
Fri    24    CHESTER        Live Room
Sat     25     CASTLETON         Peak Cavern
Sun     26     HOLMFIRTH         Picture Drome
Thu     30     BURY ST EDMUNDS     Apex
Fri     01     TENBY             De Valence Pavilion
Sat     02     SWANSEA         Patti Pavilion
Mon    11     GLASGOW         SWG 3
Tue    12    EDINBURGH        Liquid Room
Sat    16    NEWCASTLE         University
Mon    18    HULL            Asylum
Tue    19    SHEFFIELD        Leadmill
Wed    20    MANCHESTER        Ritz
Fri    22    LIVERPOOL        Academy
Sat    23    CARDIFF            Tramshed
Mon    25    BIRMINGHAM        Institute
Tue    26    LONDON        Shepherds Bush Empire
Thu    28    NORWICH        UEA
Fri    29    OXFORD            Academy
Sat    30    BRISTOL            Anson Rooms
Sun    31    TORQUAY        Foundry
Tue    02    DUBLIN            Academy

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