We’re going to have the ability to be cursed to be in the midst a global pandemic, buffeted by all of its stresses and pain. However everyone knows that art gives succour, that tune is principally the most legitimate balm. And for many there could be additional main comfort to be drawn from the information that Paul Weller is in the midst of an unbelievably prolific pink patch. Paul Weller will no longer let us down after we need him most.
On May perhaps perchance perhaps simply 14th, Paul Weller releases his 16th solo album since his self-titled debut in 1992, which comes in moral below twelve months following June 2020’s ravishing, chart-topping On Sunset. It’s no longer hyperbole to sing that this new album, titled Elephantine Pop (Quantity 1), is amongst his most compelling collections. It’s an absolute scorcher.
During spring remaining One year, after his tour dates had been postponed, Paul Weller principal something else to address. With many solutions for new songs stored on his phone, Paul started to file them on his possess with moral vocals, piano and guitar which he’d ship to his core band members (drummer Ben Gordelier, Steve Cradock on guitar and bassist Andy Crofts) to add their aspects. Despite it being queer no longer being together, it saved the wheels rolling and sanity prevailing. The band reconvened at Weller’s Dusky Barn studio in Surrey when restrictions had been lifted to finish the work with the form of the album becoming obvious to all.
Elephantine Pop (Quantity 1) – Paul adding the “Quantity 1” to preserve alternatives inaugurate for a 2nd quantity in the lengthy bustle – is a various different of sounds. No one type dominates. There’s the synth-heavy, future-wave strut of Cosmic Fringes, the stately balladeering of Calm Glides The Jog (co-written with Steve Cradock), the beefy percussive groove of Moving Canvas (a tribute to Iggy Pop no less), and the kind of dramatic quick pop symphonies on Failed, Lawful and Shades of Blue with which Paul Weller has crooked in period after period of devotee.
As ever, Elephantine Pop, sees a different of guests contributing including Lia Metcalfe, the young Liverpudlian singer with The Mysterines who combines her enormous vocal in addition to a tune writing credit to Lawful. Andy Fairweather Low adds his distinctive vocals to superfly strutting Testify and Paul’s daughter Leah co-wrote and formulation on the classic 3 minute pop kitchen sink drama Shades Of Blue that can perhaps perhaps perhaps be the first single taken from the album. Hannah Peel is aid in the fray adding her classic string ratings to Cobweb Connections and Calm Glides The Jog.
Color Of Blue
Cobweb / Connections
In Better Times
Calm Glides The Jog