Having released his debut solo album ‚ÄėBlink‚Äô in February of this year, Paul Savage (former O Emperor) is set to make his live debut with new solo venture Whozyerman? this Autumn.
Two shows are scheduled for Dublin 28th Sept - Workman‚Äôs Celler and Coughlan‚Äôs Bar 7th October.
To mark these shows (and belated album launch), a once-off limited edition run of 40 Lathe-Cut 12" vinyl of ‚ÄėBlink‚Äô will be on sale exclusively at the two shows.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a lightness to Paul Savage‚Äôs debut album as Whozyerman? Across ten tracks, the ex-O Emperor frontman weaves strands of motorik psych and kosmiche into a hazy tapestry, with his knack for a hook and a punchy, acid-tinged jam fully intact.‚ÄĚ - The Quietus
‚ÄúPaul Savage re-emerges with his artistry burning brighter than ever‚ÄĚ - Totally Dublin
‚ÄúBlink is a quietly contemplative affair, unbound by convention and joyous in its idiosyncrasies. It‚Äôs a stroll through influences such as Animal Collective, Brian Eno and Lemon Jelly, rooted in Savage‚Äôs elegant perspective of a world on pause‚ÄĚ - Irish times
Blink effortlessly chisels against pop the framework with genuine imagination and wonder - it‚Äôs Savage‚Äôs definitive statement to date.‚ÄĚ - The Thin Air
As the frontman of acclaimed, RT√Č Choice Music Prize-winning band O Emperor, Paul Savage emerged as one of Ireland‚Äôs most distinctive songwriting voices. On Blink, his debut solo LP as Whozyerman?, he underscores his status as a singular auteur. Whittled down and crafted from over 100 jams recorded after relocating to Wicklow coastal town Bray in late 2018, the album doubles as a Technicolour, genre-warping trip.
Heavily inspired by the oddness and solace of time and place, Blink is equal parts liminal and luminous. Hitting like a guided tour to strange‚ÄĒand strangely comforting‚ÄĒdays, Savage ekes out majesty from the everyday. Across ten tracks blurring the lines between balmy electronica, forward-pushing kosmiche and beyond, the shift and solitude brought about by lockdown pushed Savage‚Äôs focus into a space where recording became less about writing songs with an end goal in mind, and more of what he calls ‚Äútherapeutic meditation‚ÄĚ.
The end result is nothing short of visionary.
From the woozy push-and-pull of opener 'Time And Time Again‚Äô, to current single 'The Year (....)‚Äô, songs written as a form of refuge play out as sublime, and occasionally surreal vignettes where place‚ÄĒand spaces in between‚ÄĒassume deeper meaning. Here, something as seemingly throwaway as train travel veers into subtle, transcendent territory. ‚ÄúDuring lockdown there was the further novelty of the ‚Äėend of days‚Äô to comprehend during my aimless yet strangely content wanderings around the streets and hills of Bray,‚ÄĚsays Savage. ‚ÄúAnd having moved to Bray, many a pleasant journey was spent looking out the window over Dublin bay traveling on the Dart. It‚Äôs no surprise that trains, horizons, windows and people watching feature throughout the album‚Äôs themes."
Largely mixed by O Emperor drummer Brendan Fennessy‚ÄĒwho also features on highlights such as 'A Step Back‚Äô‚ÄĒevokes everything from Cluster and Animal Collective, to Sun Araw (‚ÄėWhy What?‚Äô) and Lemon Jelly (‚ÄėAll The Time To Kill‚Äô).
In the span of 35 minutes, it strikes a midpoint between prismatic bedroom pop and full-blown psychedelia. A wonderfully widescreen highlight, ‚ÄėBlurBlob,‚Äô meanwhile, gets to the crux of a quandary all too familiar to independent Irish artists. ‚ÄúThe continuous line of ‚ÄėAre you still doing the music?‚Äô started out as whimsically borrowing a phrase many musicians or artists get asked during family gatherings or meeting old acquaintances,‚ÄĚ says Savage. ‚ÄúBut two years later, with endless restrictions and the continuous shutting down of the arts, its original good natured meaning has sadly ironically changed."
While it‚Äôs a many-layered thing, navigating inner and outer worlds, the essence of Blink can be seen in its cover artwork. Based on a photo that captures the view from Savage‚Äôs bedroom while he recorded the album, its blurred, dusky energy taps into an unrepeatable time and place woven throughout these songs. ‚ÄúIt reminds me not only of the comfort the space gave me during strange times, but there‚Äôs also a haziness to it that I think captures a mind's eye memory,‚ÄĚ says Savage. ‚ÄúIt's a period that‚Äôs currently fresh in my recent past and clearly defined for me through location, restrictions, seismic events etc. and now, on a more personal level, this album. But like everything, time will grow over it and soften it to feel like it happened and passed by in the blink of an eye.‚ÄĚ
Latest single: The Year (....) - Previous singles: All the Time to Kill & Why What?
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