‘Invisible Armies’ is out today 12th October and is the 5th in my ’12 Songs’ project where I’m releasing a new song and video at 12 on 12th of every month for 12 months. Written at the start of lockdown in March, it’s my tribute to the NHS, not just during the pandemic period, but in general. In an increasingly uncertain world, the NHS provides a vital public service which needs to be appreciated more by everyone, especially governments. And even more so, during the Covid pandemic. Watch the video below…

‘Invisible Armies’ (Ejércitos Invisibles) sale hoy el 12 de octubre. Escrita al principio del confinamiento en marzo, es my homenaje al Sistema Nacional de Salud, no solo durante la pandemia, sino también en general. En un mundo cada vez más inseguro, el Sistema Nacional de Salud prove un servicio publico fundamental que necesita ser más apreciado por todos, especialmente los gobiernos y aún más durante la pandemia de Covid. Mira el videoclip…

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Have you seen the video for ‘The Art Of Falling Apart’?

‘The Art Of Falling Apart’ is the fourth single in my ’12 Songs’ project where I’m releasing a new song at 12pm on the 12th of every month for 12 months. This one came out on 12 September 2020. 

This fantastic video was filmed by Almeria-based photographer and filmmaker Anthonio Leal. We wanted to achieve a black and white, melancholy video with a hint of surrealism in the Tabernas desert and I think we did it thanks to Anthonio’s vision.

Instead of releasing another traditional album, I wanted the ’12 Songs’ project to be about the songs themselves and so the styles are quite different between singles. There is no album ‘sound’ as such. The singles so far have included chill-out, indie rock and flamenco-tinged ambient pop and ‘The Art Of Falling Apart’ is a kind of piano-based torch song/ballad. 

Written, recorded and produced by Jason Newton at Viper Studios, Almeria, Spain.

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Has visto el videoclip para ‘The Art Of Falling Apart’ (El Arte De Desarrumbarse’)?

‘El Arte De Derrumbarse’ es el cuarto sencillo de mi proyecto ’12 Canciones’ en que lanzo una nueva canción a las 12H en el 12 de cada mes para 12 meses. Esto salió el 12 de septiembre 2020. 

Este videoclip estupendo fue rodado por Anthonio Leal, el fotógrafo y cineaste Almeriense.Queríamos realizar un videoclip melancólico en blanco y negro con un toque de surrrealismo en el desierto de Tabernas y creo que lo hemos hecho gracias por la visión de Anthonio.

Quería que esta colección de canciones hablan por ellas mismas, en lugar de crear un solo sonido de un CD, pues los estilos son diferentes entre los sencillos. Hasta ahora, he hecho chill-out, indie rock, pop con un poco de flamenco y la nueva ‘The Art Of Falling Apart’ es un tipo de balada con el piano. 

Escrito, grabado y producido por Jason Newton en Viper Studios, Almería, España. 

‘Heels’ is the third single from my ’12 Songs’ project where I’m releasing a new song at 12pm on the 12th of every month for 12 months. Watch the video below.

‘Heels’ (Tacones) es el tercer sencillo de mi proyecto ’12 Canciones’ cuando lanzo una nueva canción y videoclip a las 12H del 12 del mes para 12 meses. Mira el videoclip abajo.

‘Heels’ is the third single from my ’12 Songs’ project where I’m releasing a new song at 12pm on the 12th of every month for 12 months.

I got the idea for this song walking in the El Zapillo neighbourhood in Almeria last year. I saw two girls in front of me, around 14/15 years old, trying to walk in high heels and they were not finding it easy as it was possibly their first time. They were helping each other balance and this image just really struck me, so I stopped to write some words and ideas to remember this moment as I knew it would become a song at some point.

The ’12 Songs’ project is not a traditional album with one sound, but a collection of songs with very different styles. The first two singles have covered chill-out and indie rock, whereas ‘Heels’ blends flamenco rhythms and ambient pop.

Although the song was inspired by high heels, it isn’t really about that, but about love and friendships. For example, when I saw those girls that time, I could also see them in 50-60 years’ time still helping each other through the streets of life walking in their metaphorical heels.

Written, recorded and produced by Jason Newton at Viper Studios, Almeria, Spain.
Mastered by Herman Primus.

‘Heels’ (Tacones) es el tercer sencillo de mi proyecto que se llama ’12 Songs’ (12 Canciones) cuando lanzo una nueva canción a las 12H del 12 de cada mes para 12 meses.

Me vino la idea caminando por la calle en El Zapillo en Almería ciudad el año pasado. En frente de mi, vi a dos chicas de sobre 14/15 años que estaban intentando a caminar en tacones y no lo estaban encontrando fácil porque quizá era su primera vez. Estaban ayudándose mantener el equilibrio y esta imagen me golpeó, pues me paré para escribir palabras e ideas para recordar a este momento porque supe que se convertiría en una canción en algún momento.

El proyecto ’12 Canciones’ no es un álbum tradicional con un sonido, sino una colección de canciones con estilos diferentes. Los primeros dos sencillos incluyeron chill-out y indie rock, mientras ‘Heels’ mezcla ritmos de flamenco con pop ambiental.

Mientras era inspirado por tacones, el tema de esta canción de hecho no es nada que ver con tacones, sino amor y amistades. Por ejemplo, cuando vi a esas chicas, podía velas también en 50-60 años todavía ayudándose por las calles de la vida en sus tacones metafóricos.

Escrito, grabado y producido por Jason Newton en Viper Studios, Almería, España.
Masterizado por Herman Primus.

New single ‘This Is How And Where We Collide’ is out today!

The second single of my ’12 Songs’ project where I’m releasing a new song at 12 on the 12th of every month for 12 months. The first single was ‘Lisbon’.

I got the idea for this song after seeing a couple arguing in a bar and witnessing a car crash later that night. Never knew if it was the same people but got the title from that situation.

One of the things I love about this ’12 Songs’ project is that every song is whole in itself. it isn’t part of a cohesive sound of an album and as a result, every song has a completely different style. This song is more indie/pop, whereas the first one ‘Lisbon’ was more chill out, ambient pop and the third single is more funky.

Listen to the new single on all streaming platforms!

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Hoy ha lanzado el nuevo single de Distance Of Hope. Se llama ‘This Is How And Where We Collide’ (Esto Es Cómo Y Donde Cochamos). Es el segundo single de mi proyecto ’12 Canciones’ cuando lanzo una canción a las 12H del 12 de cada mes para 12 meses. El primer single era ‘Lisbon’.

“Pensé del titulo de esta canción después de ver a una pareja discutiendo en un bar y luego viendo un accidente de coche la misma noche. No sabía nunca si fueron las mismas personas. Me llamó la atención.”

“Lo que me encanta de este proyecto ’12 Canciones’ es que cada canción es independiente con una identidad especifica y no una parte de un sonido cohesivo de un álbum. Cada canción tiene su propio estilo. Esta canción es más indie pop, mientras la primera ‘Lisbon’ era más chillout y tranquila y la tercera será algo más funky.”

Escucha la nueva canción en todas las plataformas de streaming.

Got the idea for this song after seeing a couple arguing in a bar and witnessing a car crash later that night. Never knew if it was the same people but got the title from that situation.

This is the second single from my ’12 Songs’ project where I’m releasing a new song at 12pm on the 12th of every month for 12 months. The first single was called ‘Lisbon’.

One of the things I love about this ’12 Songs’ project is that every song is whole in itself. it isn’t part of a cohesive sound of an album and as a result, every song has a completely different style. This song is more indie/pop, whereas the first one ‘Lisbon’ was more chill out, ambient pop.

Written, recorded. and produced by Jason Newton at Viper Studios, Almeria, Spain.
Mastered by Herman Primus.

Release date 12 July 2020.

http://www.distanceofhope.com


Esta canción se llama ‘This Is How And Where We Collide’ (Esto Es Como Y Dónde Cochamos). Pensé del titulo de esta canción después de ver a una pareja discutiendo en un bar y luego viendo un accidente de coche la misma noche. No sabía nunca si fueron las mismas personas.

Esto es el segundo single de mi proyecto ’12 Canciones’ cuando lanzo una canción a las 12H del 12 de cada mes para 12 meses. El primer single era ‘Lisbon’.

Lo que me encanta de este proyecto ’12 Canciones’ es que cada canción es independiente con una identidad especifica y no una parte de un sonido cohesivo de un álbum. Cada canción tiene su propio estilo. Esta canción es más indie pop, mientras la primera ‘Lisbon’ era más chillout y tranquila.

Escrito, grabado y producido por Jason Newton en Viper Studios, Almería, España. Masterizado por Herman Primus.

Fecha de lanzamiento – el 12 de julio 2020.

http://www.distanceofhope.com

‘Lisbon’ is the first song I’m releasing as part of my 12 Songs’ project where I’ll be releasing a new song and accompanying video at 12pm (midday) on the 12th of each month for the next 12 months.

It isn’t in fact about the city of Lisbon, but was inspired by a TV show called ‘Somebody Feed Phil’. The presenter Phil Rosenthal was so enamoured with his visit to the city of Lisbon that his childlike enthusiasm struck me, so I thought that our own ‘Lisbon’ could be wherever you want it to be and you need to keep hold of it and not take it for granted.

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We’ve entered Phase 3 and lockdown is now easing in Spain, although to be honest I still feel a bit nervous leaving the little village where I live. Having said that, however terrible the pandemic has been, lockdown has fortunately enabled me to write and record a lot of new material in my home studio and as a result, I’ve been thinking of changing the ‘traditional’ process of releasing 2 or 3 singles to then release an album. I want to do something different (for me at least) this time.

So I’ve decided to release a new song and accompanying video at 12pm (midday) on the 12th of every month for the next 12 months.

Although I’m used to writing and recording music, I’m still very new to filming and making music videos, however it will be a challenge and I think it could be fun. I’ve done 2 videos so far for ‘Leaving Berlin’ from my last album (watch it here) and ‘Lisbon’ for this ’12 Songs’ project and I’ve really enjoyed it.

Another reason for the ’12 Songs’ project is that some of the songs I’ve written have been quite different in style to what I’d normally write

The new project is still under the band name of Distance Of Hope which is unusual as for the last 20 years whenever I’ve put out a new set of songs, I’ve always changed the name of the project/band. Again, this time I wanted to do something different and keep the same name. Although some of the songs are a natural evolution of the Distance Of Hope sound, others are in a completely different style which has been hugely liberating and hugely enjoyable to write and record.

So there you go, I’ve made a commitment. Stranger things have happened.

The first of the 12 songs with accompanying video is ‘Lisbon’ and it will be released at 12pm this Friday 12 June.

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Image credit Bauhaus Scene (Lis Beyer or Ise Gropius in a tubular steel chair by Marcel Breuer), photo: Erich Consemüller, 1926

I’ve just finished work on my second music video. This one is for ‘Lisbon’, one of a batch of new songs I’ve written and recorded over the last couple of months of lockdown.

Being a ‘music person’, I never thought I’d get into the visual side of things but I’ve actually quite enjoyed it as it’s been quite a challenge technically and creatively. Am looking forward when we can all get outside again more and come up with interesting stuff from ‘the world outside’. Especially looking forward to spending time by the sea again.

Featured image is from the session for the ‘Lisbon’ video which you’ll be able to watch soon…

Berlin is one of my most favourite cities in the world and when I was last there in November, I visited the Bauhaus Museum there which was phenomenal. As you’ll see in the video, I was especially taken with some of the film, as well as the design you could see there.

It was quite easy to enjoy the sense of being immersed in these films and I hope you get that sense while watching this video for ‘Leaving Berlin’ which started from a David Bowie song ‘Where Are We Now?’ which references Berlin mixed in with my own experience of this wonderful city.