Stuart Newman is certainly not lacking in talent and artistic ability. In the studio, he sings and plays guitar, and is assisted by the engineers on drums and effects. It is his lyrics that are his strongest point though. With so many artists openly admitting to little or no meaning behind their lyrics, it is refreshing to see Newman weave a story in his songs.
I’m too self-conscious and I’m conscious of the fact,
I’m facing my fears, by showing them my back,
And the emperor’s getting cold. – “Feel the Temperature Rising”
Of the lyrics, the singer/songwriter says, “I’m a massive fan of lyrics in music, and it’s lyrics in music that tend to make me adore a song. I love writing lyrics too. It’s one of the true ways to express your identity and prove your originality”.
It is through his lyrics that Stuart Newman’s influences come through the strongest, and I see hints of The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and Radiohead. The lyrics for both Single But Defective and the demos are available on his website under "Stuff/Lyrics".
“Feel the Temperature Rising” is the first of the new demos that Newman has recorded. With its slow, searching introduction and build-up to a moody and ominous climax, it immediately reminded me of Radiohead. It is available as a free download:
“Feel the Temperature Rising” (mp3)
Never mind the temperature, Stuart Newman’s star is rising and I look forward to seeing new recordings in the future. As he continues to push the boundaries and expand his horizons, it is surely only a matter of time before a label signs him up.
Photo credit Nicolai Amter.