The sixteenth studio album from Paul Weller, and it finds him in scorching form as luck would have it!
+ Indie Exclusive LP is pressed on semi transparent Yellow vinyl.
It’s not hyperbole to state that this new album, titled Fat Pop (Volume 1), is among his most compelling collections. It’s an absolute scorcher.
During spring last year, after his tour dates were postponed, Paul Weller needed something else to focus on. With many ideas for new songs stored on his phone, Paul started to record them on his own with just vocals, piano and guitar which he’d send to his core band members (drummer Ben Gordelier, Steve Cradock on guitar and bassist Andy Crofts) to add their parts. Despite it being strange not being together, it kept the wheels rolling and sanity prevailing. The band reconvened at Weller’s Black Barn studio in Surrey when restrictions were lifted to finish the work with the shape of the album becoming clear to all.
Fat Pop (Volume 1) – Paul adding the “Volume 1” to keep options open for a second volume in the future - is a diverse selection of sounds. No one style dominates. There’s the synth-heavy, future-wave strut of Cosmic Fringes, the stately balladeering of Still Glides The Stream (co-written with Steve Cradock), the chunky percussive groove of Moving Canvas (a tribute to Iggy Pop no less), and the kind of dramatic immediate pop symphonies on Failed, True and Shades of Blue with which Paul Weller has hooked in generation after generation of devotee.
As ever, Fat Pop, sees a number of guests contributing including Lia Metcalfe, the young Liverpudlian singer with The Mysterines who combines her tremendous vocal as well as a song writing credit to True. Andy Fairweather Low adds his distinctive vocals to superfly strutting Testify and Paul’s daughter Leah co-wrote and features on the classic 3 minute pop kitchen sink drama Shades Of Blue which will be the first single taken from the album. Hannah Peel is back in the fray adding her classic string scores to Cobweb Connections and Still Glides The Stream.
Shades Of Blue
Cobweb / Connections
In Better Times
Still Glides The Stream
CD Box Set Edition
CD1 – Standard Album
CD2 – Mid-Sömmer Musik
On Sunset - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
Old Father Tyme - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
Moving Canvas - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
Failed - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
Village - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
More - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
Testify - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
Still Glides The Stream - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
Rockets - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
Mayfly - Live From Mid-Sömmer Musik, London / 2020
CD3 - Fat Pop Bonus
Round The Floor
Into The Sea
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