Newton Faulkner is a man in motion. Across the songwriter’s freewheeling fifteen-year career, the sole constant has been his urge to tear down what came before, shed his creative skin and outrun industry dogma. Already, that rebel spirit has seen Faulkner’s music pinball from the outer-limits acoustic sorcery of 2007’s UK#1 debut, Hand Built By Robots, through an acclaimed catalogue that takes in rock, pop, folk, soul and beyond.

Now, it finds Faulkner accelerating past the stasis of the pandemic with his antennae up and a renewed thirst to play, produce, write, score, tour, teach, talk and test his limits with the musicians who enter his orbit. “My plan for the year is almost a reaction to what’s been happening,” he considers. “During the pandemic, I kept busy with the Interference (Of Light) album, but it was all quite insular, working remotely, driving myself mad. I want to get out of all that. There’s so many collaborative projects I want to get involved in.”