Already garnering a slew of incredible reviews, Paul Dempsey releases his eclectic yet insightful second solo album, ‘Strange Loop’, which he co-produced with Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams). The album features the tracks ‘Morningless’ and ‘The True Sea’.
In support of the release, Paul, together with his band, will be looping his fans into a run of piercing performances with his Strange Loop Tour. He will be taking in major venues in Castlemaine, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Geelong, Meeniyan and Sunshine Coast.
“Dempsey clearly had fun writing these songs. It’s an album full of surprises – and 2 decades after he started releasing music, it proves that Dempsey still has inspiration to spare” – Rolling Stone (4 Stars)
“Dempsey’s best writing yet. He’s an artist who can leave you speechless, weakly smiling at the fact someone’s been able to channel that amount of feeling in a three or so minute song” – AU Review (9/10)
“Paul Dempsey has long ago earned his place amongst the pantheon of this country’s finest songsmiths…Strange Loop is a reaffirmation of everything that is fresh, original, beguilingly addictive and darkly entrancing about Dempsey’s attention to the craft…” – Amplify
Strange Loop is freewheeling in form but precisely executed; it’s a record that knows what it wants to say, what it needs to be – 11 tracks that enclose sneaky dry wit, the oddity of the everyday, and the pathos of longing in a mix of magic hour melodies, striking instrumentation, and tenderly charged vocals.
“With every new song and each new record you just hope to chisel everything a little cleaner than last time, paint the scenery in more precise detail and give some extra dimensions to the stories and also to have as much fun as possible creating all the accompanying noise. I feel completely satisfied that I’ve done that with this record.” says Dempsey of the new LP.
Beginning with the evocative, scene-setting opener The True Sea, a quicksilver seven minute arc that delves with the vastness of the universe and the intimacy of the bond between two people, Strange Loop is the sound of expanding musical horizons: of guitarmonies colliding with baritone sax; unrelenting rhythms and pianos being pounded; airy vocals and reckless yelps; abandonment and containment; Queen and Kraftwerk; a room full of guitars and a notepad full ideas.
Strange Loop features Dempsey’s powerful voice, his magnified stories and characters and his adventurous and playful instrumentation.
It’s an album that sounds like doing what you want, and actually getting it right. Strange Loop is confirmation that Dempsey will alternate between the beautifully rigorous noise he makes with Stephanie Ashworth and Clint Hyndman and his own diverse solo career.
Strange Loop contains compelling pocket universes, at once uniquely identifiable as one of our great artists at work, but also indicative of fresh forms. It’s a exceptionally intimate record, alive to the very pleasure of being alive.
Main opening act for Paul on this tour will be Melbourne songstress Olympia who recently released her debut album Self Talk to much critical acclaim.
“One of Australia’s most respected and intimidatingly talented songwriters of the 21st century returns with his second solo record, and it’s captivating.” – The Music (4.5 Stars)