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Newer Not is the solo project of French artist Régis Lemberthe, initiated in Amsterdam by the end of 2008, after the dismissal of his former band Fungi. From this 3 pieces formation he kept influences of course, but also the habit of keeping a keyboard at hand while composing, which will become the central element of Newer Not's music.Read More...
The outcome, however, is radically different. The energetic, live-oriented music turned into a more intimate, introspective work. Structures - although they never completely disappear - tend to fade out and leave space for melodies, which weave together in a complex fabric. Repetitiveness is generally banned from Newer Not’s work, except in some specific compositions in which it forms the very basis of a slowly evolving pattern.
There are no lyrics in Newer Not’s current compositions, although all songs are closely linked with literary activities. songs such as ‘Matches make a city, miniature.’ or ‘Tsunami dripples’ take their inspiration and title from Lemberthe's novels. They can therefore be considered as soundtracks for literature.
Other influences can be as diverse as math-rock, live-electronica, post-hardcore, post-rock (bands such as Pivot, The Knife, Battles, The Blood Brothers, Cult of Luna, Shora, Red Sparowes, Erik Satie to name just a few). Although none of these can be clearly spotted in Newer Not’s music, they all contribute a great deal in its elaboration.