Tommy Newport might be the most comforting name on the planet, inspiring illusions of Americana-infused grandeur that hail back to a time where ciggies and guitars ruled the world. In actual fact, Newport is a Manchester boy at heart, leaving the UK when he was just six years old as he bounced around the likes of sunny Dallas and sleepless Seattle, before settling in Wichita, Kansas.
In his teen years, the singer slowly grew bored of the humdrum of Mid-Western town, turning to the guitar as a way of escaping into himself. It’s now been three years since Newport’s meteoric debut landed in our laps back in 2018, and with his electrifying new EP, the singer shows no signs of stopping.
“Ultra Mango” sees Newport at his most fearless, incorporating elements of dance-pop, trippy indie and funk-filled rock as he grapples with his coming of age. “My battle, like so many other artists, is the constant evolution of my sound and wanting to always try new things,” says Newport, “I prefer to exist in many different worlds sonically at once.”
Whether you’re up for a rhythmic stomp session after listening to “Marigold”, or fancy feeling wholly strung out by dipping your toes into the ode to life that is “Yellow Lines”, Newport’s cinematic sound is sure to strike a chord with even the most astute music pessimist. We promise.