‘Out of Time’, the debut album from Paperface, was recorded in the lighthouse that he rarely leaves, with minimal splashing out on promotion. Despite this, the album received rave reviews, spawned a host of fans and found its way through the coastal mist, largely thanks to BBC 6 Music, where songs such as ‘Amsterdam’ and ‘A Bigger Man’ were ably supported by Lauren Laverne, Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie. The vinyl edition sold out at Rough Trade in only a few weeks.
He is now hard at work on a follow up album, intended for release later this year. This time around having borrowed a barge, Paperface and band have set off round the waterways of the English countryside in their floating studio. The first single ‘Idiot’, is a Freudian slip on Rohypnol. Steeped in 60’s playfulness (with an after bite of modern intolerance), the song charts the myriad waves of emotion that wash over us between 9am and 5pm. It is a musical speed bomb for the slow start, picking up where the last album left off, lyrically deft, musically vivid and as before, recorded in glorious analogue.
‘Out of Time’
“It’s a beautiful new album from Paperface and it’s out now if you want to treat yourself!” Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
“Out of Time is a gorgeously rich slice of crystalline pop that evokes classic records by the Walker Brothers, Love, and Burt Bacharach… an exquisite debut album…” Richard Smirke, The Big Issue
“Wonderfully wry orchestral pop from a slightly mysterious figure who works out of a studio in an abandoned lighthouse apparently.
There’s a hint of the majesty of Blur’s heyday, kitchen sink drama in sweeping cinemascope but rooted in the vernacular.” The Underground of Happiness
‘Paperface the EP’
“On my 6Music Recommends show, the lovely Amsterdam by Paperface got a big response from listeners… absolutely beautiful…”
Stuart Maconie, BBC6 Music
“Epic, cleverly arranged, funny… bringing to mind the Leisure Society… classic Pop” Sounds XP
“A release that will remain long in the collective memory of all those touched by its sense of acute artistry and classically conceived execution… wonders are to be found within its grooves…”
The Sunday Experience
‘A Bigger Man’
“…beguiling… clever, sad, and really funny at the same time… I love this!” Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
“So tender, so incredibly well formed… Stunning!” Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales