Singapore’s alt-indie quartet Newton Circus unveil new track ‘Jericho’

by the partae

Newton Circus are pleased to announce a brand new track ‘Jericho’ due 23rd November via Umami Records. Jericho ​​is a thumping slice of alt-rock that leans towards the meditative rather than the cathartic. The reference to the historic city illuminates the journey of every human to overcome walled obstacles and find his or her own place in their desert; it is the un-dogmatic faith of the human spirit and the journey that inspires this song.

The band say: “With Jericho we grasped the opportunity to explore the human spirit, to metaphorically plunge it into an arid, windy and desolate desert existence where even the simplest droplet of water is like gold. The journey of eventual discovery is powerfully liberating, a subtle realisation of how our reality can be independent from external difficulties, if we so choose.”

The Singapore-based indie-alternative quartet have been compared to the likes of The National, Death Cab for Cutie and Notwist, their eponymous debut EP in 2013 was given coverage on publications like City Nomads and Culturepush, as well as airplay on LUSH 99.5FM, Newton Circus released singles Twilight and Love You Like That thereafter.

After a hiatus, the band released On & On a four-track EP in 2017 that garnered positive noises around the world. In Japan, digital publications like Indiegrab and UROROS praised the album’s lyricism; across the Pacific, On & On hit the college radio circuit, getting on rotation at stations like KPFK (Los Angeles, US), Radio Canada (Vancouver, Canada), WLTL (Illinois, US), and more. Back in Singapore, the title track landed on Spotify Singapore’s Viral 50 chart whilst being highlighted by Bandwagon for its well thought-out instrumentation.

Newton Circus opened their 2018 account with Cellophane, a spiritual successor to On & On in its unruffled guitar-driven style and surf rock riffage. Critics from Japan (Indiegrab, UROROS) to the UK (Trash Magazine called it “ an ideal end of summer alt-folk number”) welcomed the song’s juxtaposition of its laid-back ease against its deeper message to look past the world’s ‘cellophane’ and be oneself. Their current release is Games, charting on streaming charts and playlists on Spotify (Indie Shuffle, New Music Friday Japan/Singapore/Malaysia), Deezer (The Singapore Sound) and Apple Music (Top 200 Singapore Alternative Chart).

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