Newton Circus - “Lost Without You” [Single] (Umami Records)
Add Date: 01/08/2019
Formats: College & Modern Rock Specialty
Artist Info: Newton Circus is a Singapore-based indie-alternative quartet. 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, blogs and 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.
Lost Without You grabs the spiritual baton from Newton Circus’ previous release, “Jericho,” and jumps off the proverbial cliff into deeper waters. Driven by Kenneth’s quivering falsettos, the band drew inspiration from Icelandic terroir in the crafting of the song, so much so they shot the single’s teaser announcements in parts of the Scandinavian island-country.
“The powerful grandeur of Icelandic landscape, with its rolling valleys and auroric mists, has been my creative outlet for rumination and solace. ‘Lost Without You’ is something of a longing for this peace, one that doesn’t just rattle the windows but reverberates the spirit. I believe that it is only at this level, both inspired and contrasted by nature, that we can yearn for what is most important to being human.” -Kenneth Ong