“Paul Marshall greets his audience and the airwaves armed with just himself and his acoustic guitar. Lulled into a false sense of security with gorgeous melodies, the lyrics reveal a darker undercurrent where death, love, regret and murder are all touchstones. Covering the macabre in his songwriting has become his stand out from the broad brush strokes of British folk. Drawing obvious comparisons to Nick Drake, the songs on his debut album ‘Vultures’ match sparse, prettily penned ditties with mature matters of the heart. And what better way to embellish than a healthy addition of cello, courtesy of Åsa Magnusson.
‘Each song is visually evocative and emotionally dense. Passing among them is like time spent in a deserted gallery, each image more compelling and unsettling than the last. The authority of Marshall’s performance is reassurance in a difficult place.’ Whisperinandhollerin.com
Like every great writer Marshall’s history is an unsettled one. Growing up in London, he then moved to Whitby on the north-east coast where he learnt his trade, aged 18. However the buzz of metropolis called, and Leeds is now home, a vibrant and music soaked city where inspiration is always around the corner.
But in that fantastical and curious way, the past catches up, and where Marshall’s first group Rays Of Helios supported Jeniferever, it brought the twain to meet. Extensively touring throughout 2007, with eclectic bills alongside These Monsters, We Vs Death, as well as the aforementioned Jeniferever, Paul is least likely to be found down your local ‘acoustic night’. Lending his magnificent singles to several compilations, including the rarity ‘The Horsewoman Came Home’ on Happy Holy Roar and more recently ‘Crossed Stitched Lips’ for On The Bone No.2, as well as joining the Bella Union roster, Paul Marshall is set for a busy and brighter 2008.”
please note: The album ‘Weed And Water’ listed on Last fm, is NOT and is not in any way connected with this Paul Marshall. It is a completely different artist and somehow some confusion has meant it has ended up on this page. Do not buy it! (Unless you are obviously a fan of the other Paul M)
Edited by herbert_lemon on 6 Jul 2008, 13:43
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