‘Let’s Go Travelling’
Following on from the success of ‘Idiot’ – supported by John Kennedy on Radio X, Chris Hawkins on BBC6 Music, and chosen by Geoff Lloyd on Absolute Radio as his Record of the Week – comes ‘Let’s Go Travelling’, the new single by Paperface. Taking a wry look at wanting to run away when love flounders, the opening line, “Let’s go travelling, cos’ it’ll solve everything”, neatly sets things up. Recorded in glorious analogue with a live band, the uplifting melody and shamelessly catchy groove brilliantly underscores the sense of irony, and the whole thing sparkles with the aid of a live orchestra recorded in Budapest. This latest release is accompanied by a trademark animation that uses the sound wave of the actual song as the background: a little climbing figure transforming the peaks and troughs into mountain-like scenery as he goes.
‘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.
‘Idiot’ – Absolute Radio ‘Record of The Week’
“I’ve been an idiot for not playing that sooner. Excellent!”
John Kennedy, Radio X
“Paperface, smart and funny, and poignant… Pop culture that!”
Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music
“The Mysterious ‘Paperface’ my record of the week. Brilliant!”
Geoff Lloyd, Absolute Radio
‘A Bigger Man’
“…beguiling… clever, sad, and really funny at the same time… I love this!”
Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
‘Paperface the EP’
“On my 6Music Recommends show, the lovely Amsterdam by Paperface got a big response from listeners… absolutely beautiful…”
Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music
“Epic, cleverly arranged, funny… bringing to mind the Leisure Society… classic Pop”
“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
“So tender, so incredibly well formed… Stunning!”
Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales
‘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.”
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