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Spooky ActionPaul Draper will release his long awaited debut solo album, Spooky Action, via Kscope.
Paul Draper was the frontman of Mansun - one of the most iconic bands of the late '90s. Over the course of three albums (a fourth issued posthumously), they achieved something unique - after fostering a fervent cult following, they managed to maintain critical and commercial success with a series of intensely radio friendly yet increasingly experimental records. Off the back of their biggest radio record, Mansun imploded in 2003 and Paul all but disappeared from view.
Spooky Action is the result of a decade of thinking, tinkering, writing, recording, and focusing.
Lyrically, it's biting and brutally honest - an autobiography set to captivating, addictive melody across eleven songs that peak then peak again, then peak again. Taking its cue from 2016's two EP releases and recorded in collaboration with Catherine AD (the Anchoress) and long time Mansun collaborator PDub, The record's eleven tracks veer from warped voodoo psych (Don't Poke the Bear) to glistening synthetic soul (Things People Want); from warped, razor wire rock'n'roll (Grey House) to glorious widescreen analogue pop music (Jealousy Is A Powerful Emotion). Collectively, they represent Paul's strongest, most consistent set of songs to date - half a lifetime's work condensed into just over an hour of perfectly formed music.1. Don't Poke The Bear
2. Grey House
3. Things People Want
4. Who's Wearing The Trousers
5. Jealousy Is A Powerful Emotion
6. Friends Make The Worst Enemies
7. Feeling My Heart Run Slow
8. You Don't Really Know Someone, Til You Fall Out With Them
9. Can't Get Fairer Than That
10. Feel Like I Wanna Stay
11. The Inner Wheel$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
20th Century Women (Music From The Motion Picture)Director Mike Mills first made his mark on the silver screen with the Academy Award-winning film Beginners, but his back catalog is also filled with a number of music videos, including those for songs by Everything But The Girl ("Temperamental"), Moby ("Run On"), Air ("All I Need"), Mansun ("Legacy"), Pulp ("Party Hard"), and Air ("Sexy Boy"). His appreciation of music also extends to the soundtracks of his films, and with 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, his latest cinematic endeavor, he's managed to put together one of the most musically diverse compilations in recent memory.
This is not praise derived from a desire to play up new product. This is simply the reality of the situation. How else to describe a compilation which sandwiches "Basin Street Blues," by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five between tracks by Talking Heads and The Raincoats? We're talking about a musical landscape which finds Fred Astaire, Benny Goodman, and Rudy Vallee rubbing elbows with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Devo, and the Buzzcocks. It shouldn't work, and yet somehow it does.1. "Don't Worry About The Government" - Talking Heads
2. "Fairytale In The Supermarket" - The Raincoats
3. "Media Blitz" - Germs
4. "Cheree" - Suicide
5. "D.J." - David Bowie
6. "Gut Feeling/(Slap Your Mammy)" - Devo
7. "The Big Country" - Talking Heads
8. "Basin Street Blues" - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five
9. "This Heart Of Mine" - Fred Astaire
10. "In A Sentimental Mood" - Benny Goodman And His Orchestra
11. "After Hours On Dream Street" - Sandy Williams
12. "As Time Goes By" - Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees
13. "Why Can't I Touch It?" -The Buzzcocks$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now