Paperface mostly works alone. From his lighthouse studio, where he has built up an analogue haven in the old light room, the choppy waters of the Thames lie in one direction, and the urban sprawl lies in the other. He is probably up there right now working on new material (weather permitting).
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Love in the Time of Florida
‘Love in the Time of Florida’ ‘Beautiful and darkly funny songs, tinged with irony and rich in observation’
The second album from BBC6 Favourited artist Paperface, features sixteen new songs including ‘Idiot’ , ’Mr Wrong’ , ‘Boy’, ‘Heaven’ ‘Little Monsters’, and Snooker Star. Comparisons with the Walker Brothers, and Robert Wyatt have been forthcoming. The album features a live orchestra recorded in Budapest. The LP version is a double album in baby blue vinyl.
On a recent outing that included a live session at the BBC studios and a show at the Union Chapel in Islington, the rest of the band were subjected to an eight hour ferry crossing owing to bad weather, but simply chose to rehearse throughout, such is the love they feel for this mysterious man and his music.
Out of Time
His first album ‘Out of Time’ received great reviews and spawned a host of fans thanks in no small part to BBC Radio 6 Music, where songs such as ‘Amsterdam’and ‘A Bigger Man’were supported by Lauren Laverne, Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie. The vinyl sold out at Rough Trade in only a few weeks.
The songs were recorded on guitar and piano in the lighthouse and then the band added their part in an old stone-walled chamber next to a nightclub. The orchestra was recorded in Prague, and the whole thing was mixed in a crumbling chateaux surrounded by woods and the odd wandering musician. The LP version comes in red vinyl.
Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6 Music
John Kennedy, Radio X
Stuart Maconie, BBC Radio 6 Music
Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6 Music