Ashton Nyte has released his new album titled ‘Autumn’s Children’, along with his new video for ‘The Garden’, and his second book of poetry.
I’ll start this with a confession. I wish I had the internal honesty and vulnerability that Ashton has. I relate to all of the feeling and emotion emoted from Ashton’s latest work, yet I can’t convey it. Maybe it’s that denial that I fostered as a child, or, maybe an undetected form of the Dunning–Kruger effect. Ashton has a blessed power about his work that evokes possibly similar feelings that inspired his work. Whether it be in a stanza, structure, story, or stoicism. Whenever I listen to Ashton’s music, I hear the soul tuned into life.
Both the book and the album for ‘Autumn’s Children’ form a symbiont and intimate compatriot for that piece of you inside that yearns to let go yet not know what is holding you back. And, while the music itself is so beautifully constructed as to set the perfect tone and mood for the messages at hand, it’s the lyrics delivered through Ashton’s dark and weathered optimistic voice that lets you know that you’re not alone. Even when you are.
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About ‘Autumn’s Children’
Running up to the unveiling of the full album and the accompanying book, Autumn’s Children is also punctuated by a self-directed video for new single “The Garden,” which follows Nyte’s previous three video singles — “Something Beautiful,” “Cinnamon,” and “Horses” — released over the last three months.
“The Garden” emerges from a place of reverence for the natural world. “The first three singles deal with feelings of inadequacy, hope in the face of adversity, and the courage to let go and move on, respectively,” says Nyte. “‘The Garden’ is a celebration of nature and life in its most organic and fundamental form.”
Autumn’s Children is the South African-born, U.S.-based artist’s most intimate and personal work to date, following his 2020 release Waiting For A Voice. The 10 new original songs, including a wistful re-imagining of the 1953 Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster-penned Doris Day classic, “Secret Love”, find Nyte at his lyrically-driven, acoustic-oriented best.
“The new work has a fragile vulnerability to it, which I’ve never fully revealed before,” says Nyte of Autumn’s Children. “It is a terrifying and exhilarating new chapter for me.”
About Ashton Nyte
Based in the U.S., Ashton Nyte is a South African-born composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and producer. He has released seven solo albums as Ashton Nyte and eleven albums as The Awakening, one of South Africa’s most prominent alternative rock bands.
Nyte has contributed vocals and lyrics to a number of other projects, featuring members of The Cure, Cheap Trick, Peter Murphy, The Mission, and Beauty In Chaos, among many others.
Ashton has written and performed in theatrical productions and hosted philanthropic events, including his “Rock Against Rape” concert series and presenting a lecture series at U.S. universities focusing on tolerance and acceptance. He’s worked on film scores, most recently with Ethan Gold on the movie Don’t Let Go, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2019. His songs have also been featured in major television shows, including Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin (HBO Max), The Purge (USA Network), and more.
Described by music journalists as “Johannesburg’s Bowie” for his widely varying musical styles and theatrical performance approach, Nyte has a released catalog of over 300 original songs and has received airplay and chart success on major independent radio stations worldwide.
Nyte has headlined music festivals in the U.S.A., Europe, and South Africa to upwards of 30,000 people and toured extensively, recently completing a 36-date solo acoustic European tour with Wayne Hussey (The Mission) in September/October 2019.
Waiting For A Voice, his seventh solo album, and his first book of poetry, short stories, and personal reflections was released in July 2020. He has just released his second book and eighth solo album, Autumn’s Children, out now.