Since before he was even able to play an instrument, Martin Newell was messing around with home-recordings. Having grown up in the Far East, Newell returned to his home of England at age 13 with just a little 3-inch spool tape-recorder and his first guitar. At age 14 he wrote his first song, not even knowing any chords.
His songwriting continued through his teens and into his 20s, when he purchased a Sony reel-to-reel recorder and 12 string guitar. It is this early songwriting that led him working with a wide variety of musicians, recording in beautiful studios and forming his many projects such as Cleaners From Venus and Brotherhood Of Lizards but it was this early songwriting and recording that led him to find that he was happiest when recording by himself, with minimal equipment. As Newell often says, ‰ÛÏActually, I preferred the demos.‰
Having upgraded himself from reel-to-reel to a Tascam Pocketstudio and digitizing some of his archaic recording knowledge, Newell set out to begin home recording again. The tracks on this collection run from 2010 to mid 2014. Some are recordings based loosely on movie themes and soundtracks for imaginary films. Some are instrumentals from a collection called ‰Û÷The Late District‰۪, while others are from a recent album, ‰Û÷Return To Bohemia‰۪, which saw a small release in England.
This recent resurgence in creative strength, along with the success and newfound popularity of Cleaners From Venus, have all led up to ‰Û÷Teatime Assortment‰۪. Think of it as a ‰Û÷Best Of New Newell‰۪.
A true wordsmith, Newell himself has put simply why one might be compelled to take a listen here: ‰ÛÏIf you‰۪re the sort of person who likes this kind of thing, then this is the sort of thing you‰۪ll probably like.‰