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).
‘Love in the Time of Florida’ is the second album from Paperface and features 16 new songs including the singles ‘Idiot’ (Absolute Radio Record of the Week), ’Mr Wrong’ (video premiered by Clash Music), ‘Boy’ and ‘Heaven’, all ably supported by BBC Radio 6 Music.
Much of the album was recorded on a barge, as Paperface and band made their way around the waterways of England. The music has been described as ‘beautiful and darkly funny songs, tinged with irony and rich in observation’. Comparisons with the Walker Brothers, Robert Wyatt and even Burt Bacharach have been forthcoming. The album muses on many themes (not just love), and the sense of sun dappled waterways that pervades the music is perfectly in keeping with the narrative that gradually unfolds. The whole thing vibrates with the warmth of the live orchestra that was recorded in Budapest.
Some songs are accompanied by hand-drawn animations also made by Paperface, using stop motion techniques as well as drawings and models made at the lighthouse.
His acclaimed first album ‘Out of Time’ received rave 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 ably supported by Lauren Laverne, Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie. The vinyl sold out at Rough Trade in only a few weeks.
He is blessed to have a rare group of musicians that are prepared to travel from far away to work with him. On their last outing – that included a live session in the BBC Wales studios and a packed show at the Union Chapel in Islington – they 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