Paperface - Out Of Time

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  • Paperface - Out Of Time

Paperface - Out Of Time

£13.99 £17.99

InfoLPJanuary 2015

This album took around seven years to make. Publicity shy singer-songwriter Paperface, who prefers to stay away from selfies, took a long time to get this right. The songs were quick enough to write in his lighthouse studio, but the ambition to create a film-like feeling on each track took him on an unexpected journey of sound searching. Dripping with analogue authenticity, and featuring an array of great musicians, the album’s crowning glory is a live orchestra recorded in Prague. There is real space in the music (there has to be in order to make room for the strings), and valves seem to glow as the various carefully chosen instruments make themselves felt. The final stage ultimately culminated at La Frette Studios, just outside Paris, a crumbling chateaux, creaking to the rafters with vintage gear and appropriately located in a garden so overgrown as to risk disappearing for ever.
A feeling of the sixties and early seventies permeates the sound, but it is the darkly funny and often poignant lyrics that really highlight the show. Amsterdam, the opening track deals with a morally dubious trawl through the city’s red light district, whilst ‘Alison’ details a slow descent into submissiveness at the hands of a lover turned cold, harnessing a beguiling melancholy that brings to mind those slowly rotating silhouettes at the beginning of a Bond movie. The songs are mature, self knowing and sparkle with invention, perhaps best summed up by the couplet from A Bigger Man’ a song about the rites of passage that is letting go of rockstar dreams: ‘Well I used to dream that I’d take over the world one day, but I guess for most of us it’s just a chauffeur-driven bus, what can I say…

Artist Paperface