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 rarely performs and scrupulously avoids posting, or indeed looking at any photos of himself. His acclaimed first album ‘Out of Time’ received rave reviews and spawned a host of fans thanks largely to the efforts of BBC Radio 6 Music, where songs such as ‘Amsterdam’ and ‘A Bigger Man’ were ably supported by Lauren Laverne, Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie. This was almost certainly the reason why the vinyl edition of the album sold out at Rough Trade in only a few weeks.
His first album was described by Richard Smirke as “…a gorgeously rich slice of crystalline pop that evokes classic records by the Walker Brothers, Love, and Burt Bacharach.” And also as, “…an exquisite debut album.”
The title song from the new E.P. ‘Mr Wrong’ has been compared by Stuart Maconie as being, “Brilliantly Prefab Sprout-like…”, and also as having, “shades of Robert Wyatt”. However, our preferred description said by no-one in particular is, “beautiful and darkly funny songs, tinged with irony and rich in observation” .
Paperface is now hard at work on a follow up double album, intended for release later this year. Having taken to a barge, he and the band have set off round the waterways of the English countryside in their floating studio. The first single ‘Idiot’ was again magnificently supported by BBC Radio 6 Music and by John Kennedy on Radio X. It was also chosen by Geoff Lloyd on Absolute Radio as his Record of the Week.
Perhaps most significantly of all, he is blessed to have a rare group of musicians that generously follow him wherever he goes. Despite most of them living in France, they simply get on their tour bus and make their way to where they are needed. On their last outing (that included a live recording in the BBC Wales studios in Cardiff and a packed show at the Union Chapel in London), 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…
“Beguiling, clever, sad, and really funny at the same time… I love this!”
Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6 Music
“The Mysterious ‘Paperface’ my record of the week. Brilliant!”
Geoff Lloyd, Absolute Radio
“On my 6Music Recommends show, Paperface got a big response from listeners… absolutely beautiful…”
Stuart Maconie, BBC Radio 6 Music
“Wonderful! So tender, so incredibly well formed… Stunning!”
Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales
“I’ve been an idiot for not playing that sooner. Excellent!”
John Kennedy, Radio X
“Wow! That’s something really special. Quickly becoming one of my new favourites!”
Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6 Music