Paul was back again at Lake Vinuela along with Shelly Poole & Paddy Byrne to help run another week long retreat for around 23 students from The Songwriting Academy
Paul was in Southern Spain, Lake Viñuela near Malaga as a mentor for The Songwriting Academy.
He has spent increasingly more time in the last year as a 1-2-1 mentor to Academy students and along with his friend and occasional co-writer Shelly Poole and fellow songwriting mentor, the exceptionally talented Paddy Byrne, had a fantastic week mentoring and writing every day.
Paul headed up to the Arctic Cicle to Tromso, North Norway to record sound/film of the wilderness use in a new ambient project and to get imagery of the fabled Northern Lights
B-Movie, have a new track 'Nostalgia' featured on the new compilation album 'Generation Blitz 2 -Concrete And Chrome'. Co-written with B-Movie vocalist Steve Hovington and produced by Paul, it was recorded during lockdown and features all instruments Paul and all vocals Steve. This will precede a brand new B-Movie album following the departure of original keyboard player Rick Holliday. Drummer Graham Boffey remains to complete the original 3 piece line up of one of the most enduring/iconic post punk bands still recording and touring with Paul completing keyboards on the new album.
After The Rain, Pauls new electro project looks back to the Some Bizzare album for inspiration, invoking the spirit of electro pop 1981 and has it's debut track 'Flicker', also included on the compilation.
The album is released on March 4th 2022.
Praise for 'Generation Blitz - Dusk to Dawn'
"Album of the Year' - The Electricity Club
"Generation Blitz is quite a puzzle-box of a compilation. It successfully manages to invoke the spirit of a classic era, but also marries it with a solid selection of contemporary electropop tunes. But the sheer kaleidoscopic nature of the album’s styles and approaches means that there’s unlikely to be a listener who will walk away disappointed." Electricity Club
“ …a fabulous array of moody pop and electronic freakouts.” Classic Pop (4/5 Stars)
“A hugely enjoyable compilation of contemporary electronic artists.” Electronic Sound
“This is a proper celebration of the New Romantic movement that includes specific references to the period.”... more
A new soundscape to accompany Jonathan McCree's installation 'I Never Imagined It Could Be Like This' at The Foundry Gallery, Chelsea, London.
The musical pieces/sounds will be available in Feb 2022 as a free download from this site and Bandcamp/Streaming Services.
Download now available for free on the downloads
Summer interview with Paul for the Euro Weekly News
Paul heads to Knoydart in North West Scotland with fellow mentor, friend and songwriter Shelly Poole to run the workshops for 12 attendees at this sold out retreat !
Judging 50 songs for the TUFF Music
John Lennon International songs of hope songwriting competition to be held in October in Liverpool at The Cavern Club where Paul will be a judge with Roachford and head of the William Morris Agency Lucy Dickins
Back in the studio with the lovely Janet Devlin. 2 new Nashville country type songs demoed
Death & Desire EP. Paul's dark country indie project The Dark Flowers have recorded a collection of classic Murder Ballad covers and features guest vocalists David J, Gabriella Cilmi, The Anchoress and Shelly Poole.
Post Punk online give The Dark Flowers a great review below
Below are the 1 minute promo clips for the Dark Flowers 'Death and Desire' EP
This is the 1st track 'Death Valley 69' from The Dark Flowers feat Bauhaus bassist and solo artist David J & Char from the new Death & Desire EP. Paul's dark country indie project The Dark Flowers have recorded a collection of classic Murder Ballad covers and features guest vocalists David J, Gabriella Cilmi, The Anchoress and Shelly Poole
With 2014 debut album. ‘Radioland’, songwriter and producer Paul Statham brought together a group of guest vocalists for a collection inspired by Sam Shepard’s ‘Motel Chronicles’. Featuring an all-star cast of Jim Kerr, Peter Murphy, The Anchoress, Shelley Poole, Dot Allison, Kate Havnevik and Helicopter Girl, the album was characterized by MOJO as "a perfect album for a lonely winter night" in a **** review and Rolling Stone “unfolds a subtle magic…a soundtrack without a film.” Now, The Dark Flowers return with a four track EP as a taster for ‘Indian Summer’, their second studio album due later this year. The EP is a direct response to our current situation, taking four of the Indian Summer contributors to create a Dark Flowers Murder Ballads collection distinct from the album sessions, with tracks chosen by the participating artists.
"When We Were Young" a cowrite with Blitz Club DJ Rusty Egan is the lead track on the new 'Blitzed' EP which also features tracks from Boy George and also feature a great remix of the Visage classic 'Fade To Grey'. It also provides the soundtrack to the new SkyArts documentary on Saturday 13th March 2021.
Very pleased to have written/performed this piece to accompany this video, featured as part of artist Jonathan McCrees show 'High Folly' at the Sim Smith Gallery London.
HIGH FOLLY, 2020/21. Jonathan McCree, Jonathan Goddard and Joe Walkling with music by Paul Statham.
New track 'Brighton Beach' from B-Movie, released on 10/12/2020 via Loki Records. Available on all digital and streaming platforms. The follow up to 'Promenade' is similar in both musical style and lyrically touches on similar themes.
Produced by Paul Statham
Paul co wrote and produced the new track 'Promenade' from Mansfield's finest post punk band B-Movie, released on 22/10/2020 via Loki Records. Available on all digital and streaming platforms links below. The first track of 4 to be released 1 every 3 weeks via digital/streaming that will then be compiled to a CD EP release
This will be followed by a new as yet untitled album in early 2021 on CD/Download/Streaming.
Vinyl is a possibility.
Paul along with the lovely Shelly Poole will be a writer in residence and mentor at The Knoydart Songwriting Retreat in June 2021.
Let them help you hone your songwriting skills in the wilds of Scotland. Check out the website www.theknoydartretreat.com. See you in the wilderness.
Paul co wrote this new Right Said Fred track 'Tide' with Richard and Fred Fairbrass during the sessions for the album 'Exactly'. It was re done and was a lead track on the 'Good Times Everybody' EP released in Summer 2020.
It went to no 1 in the new Heritage Radio Chart soon after.
A real feel good song with a strong message, perfect for these times.
2 co writes with former X Factor finalist Janet Devlin are used on her new album'Confessional'. The 1st 'Away With The Fairies' details her teenage battle against alcoholism and was a UK (and her 1st US single release) ahead of the album
Essential Pop magazine saying
'Janet explores the mind’s ability to disassociate with its surroundings – to be ‘away with the fairies’ – a personal reality that stemmed from her struggle to survive hidden addictions.
The carefree nature of the track is at odds with the story at its heart; whimsical verses juxtaposed against a life that was anything but.
Dipped in mandolin, bodhran and cello, with a fluttery piano riff and lilting melody, strikes a comforting, familiar tone and returns the singer-songwriter to the sounds of her Irish roots. The addition of a harp brings a mystical, ethereal feel to the song.'
Whilst 'so Cold' received great critical reviews
'The album dives straight in with ‘So Cold’, an icy, heartbreaking tune about depression and loss. “I’d still sleep with the lights on, but I don’t sleep anymore”, she sings over a gorgeous piano melody, before the actual chorus comes in with the haunting lyrics: “You’re too young to be sad they say,
you’re too young to be so cold.” Although the subject matter is heavy, the song itself is a perfectly crafted radio friendly pop anthem with hooks, a flawless build up and her signature tender vocal style.'
B-Movie support punk icon Toyah at her Islington 02 show.
Continued work in Los Angeles with Magnus Fiennes on the Deep Machines Music/Art project
B-Movie play a short UK tour Leeds 29 Nov/Glasgow 30 Nov/Manchester 01 Dec
Paul has co written a new track with club legend/DJ/Drummer& Remixer Rusty Egan.
'When We Were Young' features on Rusty's new album 'Welcome To The Remix 2
DJ Rusty Egan was the DJ at Blitz Club London created with partner Steve Strange. Rusty introduced synth pop electronic music to the dancefloor. For a nearly a decade their parties and music with Visage and various artists were part of the soundtrack of the 80's Introducing Madonna to Europe as well as YMO Yello Kraftwerk Depeche Mode and Soft Cell.
Very good in depth interview in this months MusicTech magazine, see below.
Available on line or in store at good newsagents !
Thursday 19 September 2019
Randal Music Club, Bratislava,
Slovakia supported by The Last Days Of Jesus
Continued work in L.A with producer Magnus Fiennes on a joint new project Deep Machines. Fusing the classic old school electronica of Kraftwerk/Cabaret Voltaire with newer sounds of LCD Soundsystem/Daft Punk and a 1979 new wave/post punk attitude with film/video and Imagery to create concept based dark wave multi media pop project I
Live band sessions featured Blondies Clem Burke on drums and more guest surprises are promised.
Shelly Poole's debut solo album co written and co produced by Paul is re-mastered and re released on Loki Records featuring 5 additional songs. Shelly was the singer/co writer (along with sister Karen in 90's hit alt pop duo Alisha's Attic and also has her own alt country/folk band Red Sky July with husband Ally Mcerlaine (Guitarist in multi platinum band Texas), and is a featured guest vocalist on Pauls own project The Dark Flowers
The Times said, “Her solo debut is a revelation.. A gentle gem of an album.****.”
And the Independent On Sunday said, “…perfect solo album..****.”
B-Movie play Italy Rome & Naples (17/18 May.)
Catch the Paul Statham interview with Rob Green on Portabello Radio!
Last 2 song's to be recorded for The Dark Flowers follow up album 'Indian Summer' to the critically acclaimed debut album 'Radioland'.
Featuring the very talented and lovely Gabriella Cilmi. The new album again features Jim Kerr, Catherine AD aka The Anchoress, Shelly Poole & new addition Bauhaus bassist and solo artist David J.
informative interview with Electronic Music mag The Electricity Cub
B-Movie play 2 rather excellent Spanish shows in Tarragona & Madrid !
Passed the fellowship exam and is now an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Authority
Paul has remixed 2 tracks under the After The Rain name for the new B-Movie remix 2 E.P. Available from all digital/streaming platforms and as a vinyl style C.D from the Loki Records Bandcamp site.
Legendary DJ and remixer Rusty Egan has remixed B-Movie's track Repetition.It is available to stream/purchase from all digital/streaming platforms and from the Loki Records bandcamp page.
Paul has produced and co written a new EP ‘The Last Time’ with rising Electro/RnB singer Billie Black. The EP also features ‘After All’ and 'Long Way To Go’.
Available on all digital/streaming platforms
Iconic Post Punk band B-Movie (Paul has been the guitarist for over 30 years) release a new EP ‘Repetition’. This includes the title track and 2 new songs 'Stalingrad' & 'Somewhere Cold'. All tracks were co written and produced by Paul and are released on his experimental music label Loki Records. Available on all digital/streaming platforms. More info on the Loki records link.
'Happiness' was a group exhibition held at the Castello di Monticello d'Alba, Italy in May/June 2018 and curated by Carla Testore. Featuring Jonathan McCree, Jo Dennis and Paul Statham. Paul made 2 separate music/video pieces. The 1st, 'Absence' explored the feelings created by deserted children's play parks and their relation to the happiness/unhappiness as experienced by the artist as a child. Held in the small hand built children's theatre hidden away behind the chapel in the castle, and with an accompanying sound collage, all the elements combined to make a memorable, if unsettling experience.
Asylum Experimental Music Album
Paul has released his experimental music album 'Asylum' though his new label Loki Records. Available to download/stream and available on CD. When purchasing the CD through Bandcamp a free download is also included. Below are videos to accompany two tracks. Influenced by the ideology of near stasis used by Eno amongst others in his video paintings. Images shift with a very slow pace in keeping with the experimental and almost fixed tonality of the music. The effect is a creation of space without time.