Newton Faulkner (3 stars)

Newton Faulkner

Hand Built by Robots

(Brightside Records)

POP

Until you’ve actually seen young Faulkner attack an acoustic guitar in a whirl of spider-like fingers and dreadlocks transforming it into a three-piece band in the process, it’s hard to properly appreciate this album.

There’s loads of instruments involved here so some tracks can feel cramped or over complex compared to his brilliant live performances. More ‘hacky-sack’ than ‘football’, this is a delicate, softly spoken record that has a lot to offer.

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