Paperface mostly works in secret. Looking out from his abandoned 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 will no doubt be hard at work on his next creation right now (weather permitting, of course). His debut album ‘Out Of Time’ received much critical acclaim, and the animation that accompanied the first single ‘A Bigger Man’ was awarded several prizes at various film festivals.
On the very rare occasions where he leaves the lighthouse, he is blessed to have a rare group of musicians that are prepared to follow him wherever he goes. Despite most of them now living in Nice (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 8 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.
“It’s a beautiful new album from Paperface and it’s out now if you want to treat yourself!” Lauren Laverne, BBC6 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
The album follows on from ‘Paperface – The EP’, favoured by BBC6 Music, and Stuart Maconie for ‘6 Music Recommends’, as well as the double A Side single ‘A Bigger Man/The Leading Lady’ supported by BBC6 Music and Lauren Laverne.
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, BBC6 Music
“By the wonderful new artist Paperface… So tender, so incredibly well formed as a track and as a piece of music, what a track! Stunning…” Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales