Let It Burn, my first foray into collaborating with another artist under my alias Newah, born from a chance encounter in a foreign country amidst political unrest.
In November of 2019 I took a short trip to Paris by myself, as I had never visited the city before and I needed a break from work and my everyday routine. I knew that on the last day of my trip there would be Yellow Vests protests and strikes across the transport network but my return Eurostar was still due to leave as planned so I went anyway.
Sunset view from the Eiffel Tower.
Upon arriving at Gare du Nord, on my final day, I was met with riot police who denied entry to the Eurostar terminal and there was tense atmosphere. After waiting around for sometime and miscommunication between the staff and police the terminal was eventually reopened.
After checking into the terminal I grabbed lunch and a coffee and, whilst reading the departure board, began chatting to a fellow traveller about the commotion. I noticed she had a guitar on her back and after asking her about it and finding out she was an artist, we chatted about music and life until it was time to board the train.
Her name was Amber Prothero and after our chat we agreed we should work on music together.
Months passed and COVID-19 reared it's ugly head, which put a pause on us meeting to do a session. In July we finally got around to doing a few zoom studio sessions together and on the very first day, despite having never worked together before, we wrote Let It Burn start to finish (excluding the bridge which I think we did a couple days later).
It was one of those days where the ideas just flowed and by the end of the session we were both amazed at what we had produced. At that time we both had a good idea of what we wanted the song to be and the next couple of months were spent sending voice notes back and forth, ironing out all of the minute details.
The song is a combination of a lot of genres and ideas but I would describe it as a modern jazz lounge record that transforms into a psychedelic synth pop anthem.
Amber and I are both super proud of the song and we hope you like it!