Listen Now: John Newman 'Try' Review [Free MP3 Download]
You may remember that I first alerted you about John Newman's new music when I wrote about his very good acoustic version of "Stay The Night" back in November. Since then, Newman has been writing and recording more new music that will be included on his forthcoming debut album. The hotly-tipped singer already has had a taste of chart success with Rudimental's U.K. smash hit "Not Giving In" that features his distinct, soulful vocals.
In a recent interview, Newman talks candidly about his own unqiue brand of pop he's working on. "I got signed with Island about a year ago now and I put a lot of time into the Rudimental project before concentrating on the album in the last few months," he tells Upraw Magazine. "I was struggling to find this gap before and now there’s pianos from ages ago, crazy 90s hooks and soul hooks; so I’m just playing around with the genre and mixing bits from my influences into one. I don’t want to sit anywhere with anyone else and follow trends. I want to be classy with it and actually have some longevity."
Newman's gift for soul was inspired by by a variety of genres and styles, but there's one record in particular that left a last impression on him. "I was very much into my house music, I was deejaying and producing from a young age and it was funky house that dominated my sets and software," he explains in an interview. "At 16, I discovered an album that changed my life and music. It was Otis Redding's 'Otis Sings Soul.' Before this, the dark sides of hip hop, the strong melodies of pop and the driving piano lines in house had already taken their toll when it came to his songwriting."
The freshly-unveiled demo version of "Try" provides fans with a few more clues about Newman's musical direction that incorporates many of his inspirations (and perhaps also includes a reference to his hard work in recent months). Set to an anthemic piano riff, "Try" is an uplifting soul-pop stomper ruled by optimism. "Working so I hard/I was alone/Lately I've found I'm headed astray," Newman sings. "You don't have to cover up the tears at all/I'm stronger, stronger/Cause I know that you're saving me." (Watch this space for more John Newman news soon.)
February 24, 2013 | Permalink