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Tell Me That You Love Me

by Sam Newton

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Tell Me That You Love Me sees Newton experiment with new production techniques and all-in-one arrangements, without guest musicians, venturing further from the burrow he dug into the fertile earth of Americana and Alt-country.

“I often start with piano or guitar when I’m writing, but with this song I wanted a stronger rhythmic focus. I wanted to push aside all my usual processes,” Newton explains. “I started with a bassline to outline a chord progression that I had been working on and the track just came to life. I got really obsessive and finished the whole song in two weeks. Which, for me, is good.”

Tell Me That You Love Me is the first single from Newton in which there’s no other players, and the track has the intimacy and immediacy of a recorded work borne of a single mind. Multi-tracked vocals flow over a bedrock of machine beats and synth stabs, forming a heady pop coalition of both the organic and synthetic.

“The song was just about playing with ideas and production,” the songwriter says. “And I liked that I hadn’t done anything like it before. I ummed and ahhed about releasing it or just to keep it in the bedroom drawer. Its release is about getting over my own insecurities as a musician. You want to put out music that you’re proud of and this song was the product of an accident – it was an exciting thing to stumble on. I plucked it out of the air – it was totally different to anything else I’d released before.”

While the track’s title might suggest a heartbroken tale of unreciprocated love, Newton’s intention is to address a state more universal. “The lyrics are related to lockdown and the loss of connection,” Newton says. “Everyone finally came to understand the value of relationships and personal connection. But, in a lot of ways, we’ve all reverted to how we were. The song is not about a relationship – Tell Me That You Love Me is how society should be. Tell the people that you care about how much you love and appreciate them.”

lyrics

Our shared experience is something we should speak aloud
We’ve gone back to the way thing were
We are not OK
I am not the same man that I was before
Hold me tight
Say the right words

Tell me that you love me
Promise that I need to know
The language of my body
Be concerned, you should be concerned

Closed down and bordered up, the people that we used to see
I am still here waiting
Forever the optimist, ignoring the obvious
Call it the human condition?
I can’t abide and wear that stupid disguise
Show a little compassion

Tell me that you love me
Promise that I need to know
The language of my body
Be concerned, you should be concerned
Tell me that you love me
Promise that I need to know
The language of my body
Be concerned, you should be concerned
Be concerned, you should be concerned

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released September 1, 2023
Produced by Sam Newton
Engineered by Sam Newton
Mixed by Sam Newton
Mastered by Fred Miller
Artwork by Gianluca Cardinale @ Cardinal Designs

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Sam Newton Sydney, Australia

Sam Newton, a singer-songwriter based in Sydney, weaves introspection and raw emotion into his music. With his soul-stirring vocals and poignant lyrics, he paints a vivid sonic landscape that explores the depths of human experiences. Sam's authentic songwriting strikes a chord with listeners, inviting them into a world of heartfelt storytelling and connection. ... more

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