Hailing from the vibrant city of Portland, Oregon, Mickey Newball is an indie songwriter with a penchant for drawing inspiration from the songwriting greats of bygone eras. His compositions are woven with tales of endearing oddballs and existential ponderings, a delightful blend of melancholy and wit. Within the walls of his affectionately named ‘Pinball Castle,’ Mickey single-handedly crafts and records his songs, embodying the true spirit of DIY musicians. His latest labor of love, the album “Genie Plus Organ,” set to release on October 24th, is a testament to his unwavering dedication. Every instrument, every track, meticulously mixed, all birthed within the confines of ‘Pinball Castle.’ This DIY ethos, a beacon of indie spirit, is sealed with the finishing touch of renowned mastering engineer David Gavrishov.
One standout track, “Danielle,” was born from a quirky twist of fate. A phone number change unwittingly introduced Mickey to a slew of late-night callers seeking the enigmatic Danielle. Through these interactions, an intricate tapestry of her life unfurled, inspiring a song that vividly captures the essence of this enigmatic figure. “Pablo” pays tribute to an unforgettable character who briefly graced Mickey’s Portland couch. Hailing from Nyon, Switzerland, Pablo’s captivating presence left an indelible mark, serving as a testament to the profound impact intriguing personalities can have on our lives.
Inspired by a candid conversation with a former partner, “Limbo” delves into the emotional complexities that often shroud relationships. A heartfelt sentiment, “I’m tired of being in Limbo,” voiced by Mickey’s former partner, struck a chord, igniting a song that navigates the intricate dance of love and commitment. Mickey Newball’s music radiates an authentic charm, offering a window into the lives of unique individuals and the shared human experiences that bind us all. With a blend of vintage inspiration and contemporary storytelling, Mickey carves out a distinctive space in the indie music landscape. “Genie Plus Organ” is not just an album; it’s a testament to the power of artistic independence and the profound narratives that music can unravel.