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Having recently become a father and conscious of the legacy he’ll leave behind, Newton Faulkner returns to “have a positive impact on people’s brains.”
Paul Nolan, 23 Aug 2012
Overall, Faulkner reckons that the tone of Write It On Your Skin is optimistic, albeit tempered by realism.
“There are positive songs on there, but they’re positive about the future and not positive about the present,” he notes. “I think that was a way of balancing it out. If I was to bring out a song now that went (does Prince-style falsetto), ‘Life’s amazing!’ I don’t think it would go down very well. Right now a lot of people are having a really hard time with lots of crazy stuff, so that didn’t feel like the right thing to do. I take the responsibility of being an artist relatively seriously; I’m not going to chuck out negative vibes. It’s almost like dropping a pebble in the ocean – if you plant that seed, then that creates ripples which are just bad.
“So I try and do new stuff which will have a positive impact on people’s brains, but in order to do that, I’ve had to balance it with some form of realism, and contextualise it a bit more. Otherwise, it’s just proper bubblegum pop, which isn’t what I do, and it’s not particularly satisfying.”
Write It On Your Skin is out now on Sony. Newton Faulkner plays the Olympia, Dublin on October 7