Review: "I Will" - Bertie Newman
“I Will” is a stunning and soulful ballad about how hardships can serve as the catalyst for change and growth. Newman’s writing is startlingly poetic and refreshing - his employment of natural beauty like the sun and sky in accordance with his ever-changing moods adds a second artful layer over the track. The rawness in his voice lets listeners fall prey to his breathy delivery, opening the track to our own interpretation while keeping it true to himself.
Newman’s heartfelt and delicate voice captures all the quieter moments of tranquility without sacrificing its highs and lows with its rousing chorus. The flowing sound of overlapping revert guitar lines with the layers of piano, electronic bass, and wide drums add layers of texture over his smooth voice. With subtle moments of experimenting production and a warming sense of honesty alongside melancholy as the piece draws to a close, Newman creates a pleasant and engaging atmosphere to remind you to open yourself to change, to welcome growth and new perspectives.
Bertie Newman, a 22-year-old singer-songwriter born and raised in Hackney, London, has seen a gradual but undeniable rise to stardom. First achieving buzz with his most recent single “Seaside Eyes”, Newman was featured on BBC Introducing London. Going viral with his recent cover of “IDK You Yet”, Newman shows his versatility with his delicate handling of a serious topic. “I Will” is only the beginning of Newman’s inevitable climb, offering thoughtful lyrics combined with raw emotions.
Written By Megan Cao