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British Upstart Brings Success To U.S.

Of the Oakland Press

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Newton Faulkner is experiencing a bit of time-lapse disorientation.

The singer, songwriter and guitarist’s debut album, “Hand Built By Robots,” has been out since July in his native U.K., where it went platinum and was a No. 1 download on iTunes. But it is coming out in the U.S. and Canada Tuesday, and Faulkner acknowledges it’s “weird” to be working a “new” album that’s 11 months old.

“I did the last tour with the album (in England), and there’s a certain amount of closure,” Faulkner, 23, notes. “Then I have to start again so, yeah, that’s a little strange to think about.”

Faulkner, who learned much of his guitar craft at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, England, says his U.S. game plan is “just lots and lots of gigging. That’s my favorite bit, really, so it doesn’t seem like too much trouble.” Though he’s doing primarily headline dates, he hopes to net some choice support slots; Faulkner credits British tours with Paolo Nutini and James Morrison as helping him build a buzz that led to a warm reception for the “... Robots” album.

“I’m amazed it’s still doing well,” says Faulkner, who played some U.S. dates earlier this year. “I got back from America thinking nothing’s going on, and the album was at No. 4. That’s insane, bizarre.

“The whole thing is built off live gigs and word-of-mouth as opposed to having it shoved down your throat. I don’t think that works as well as it used to. You end up with a peak, and after that no one wants to hear it again. I’ve just been building it up slowly, which hopefully means I’ll be around for awhile.”

Newton Faulkner and Jessie Baylin perform at 7 p.m. Friday (April 25) at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $9.39. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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