The almost Middle Eastern instrumental at the beginning gives way to Wilson’s half spoken delivery over dappling guitars, telling visceral tales of an imagined journey to the eponymous city with a depiction of manhood, alcoholism and masculinity. It’s a quintessential tale of suburban angst: a failed journey of car breakdowns, drinking, breathalyzers and the ordinary vicissitudes of life, all threaded with a quiet resilience. With the refrain you don’t have to do this on your own, there is an inherently beautiful expression of support and companionship that buoys the tone and adds a sparkle to the melancholy.
Wild instruments and distant vocals pepper the journey – a sparse, evocative sound that paints a vivid world with clarity and expression. Wilson has the vocals patterns and emotions that recall Paul Kelly and other antipodean troubadours, poetic and lyrical, theatrical and bold. This is an immersive track that flows with a liquidity and eloquence:
‘Newcastle’ is out on Friday, 2 June 2023 and will be launched at The Midnight Special in Newtown on 6 July alongside the producer of ‘Newcastle’ and fellow artist and companion Daniel Forsyth (Daniel Lee Kendall). You can pre-save the track here.
Artwork for the single is a beautiful painting is provided by by Wilson’s cousin Patrick Mavety.
Feature Photograph: Connor Britton