Thursday, November 22, 2007

Stephen Newcombe

I just wanted to share with everyone the latest concept album to fall into my lap, Stephen Newcombe's The Wrong Button.

The album is heavily inspired by Smile era Beach Boys, but the album is much more than just a clone, in fact, it is an extremely original, and extremely well written album that completely blew me away.

Very few artists have the ability to relate their feelings to music as perfectly as Stephen Newcombe. Putting him in the same caliber as Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach and even Beethoven. The Wrong Button brings you on a musical journey through the psyche of a drugged out madman that you never want to get off of, no matter how frightening it may be.

The album has many sections between the main songs (sound like something else we know?) that he uses expertly to develop a story line that you actually want to immerse yourself in and figure out. But the songs on the album are amazing too! Sing For Us is an eerie tune that starts off with a parent asking her child to sing, which quickly develops into an eerie funeral hymn played on guitar, organ and bells with even more babies over the music. This proves to be equally scary and powerful.

The feel of the album continues to brighten then fall back to bleak disparity with songs like Rolling Away, That's Where It Ends, Talking To Myself and Nobody Listens.

Anyway, I'll be covering this more in depth on my other blog. Listen to some samples and download the album from Stephen's blog below.

Sing For Us
Rolling Away
Talking To Myself
Space Rocket

Download The Album!

1 comment:

Doo Dah said...

I can sense the Smile sensibilities, but I'm getting more of an incredible sense of Syd Barrett and Robert Wyatt. Fans of both should definitely give this a listen. Thanks for posting this Eric!