David's Lyre, alias Paul Dixon (born in London, 8 August 1989), is an English singer and guitarist.
He picked the name David's Lyre during his university studies in Manchester, in reference to the musical skills of the biblical King David with the lyre. As well as playing acoustic and electric guitar, Dixon plays the WEM CopyCat, Autoharp, Marxophone and Omnichord.
He was featured by The Guardian as 'New band of the day' in 2010, by which time he had received attention for cover versions (of Ellie Goulding among others), remixes of other artists – notably, Marina and the Diamonds and Everything Everything – and had himself been remixed by producers The Last Skeptik and JaKwob.
His debut EP release in 2011, In Arms EP, was described as "promising" by BBC reviewer Mike Diver, and drew comparisons with Patrick Wolf for its blend of folk and electronic instruments. A music video was released for "In Arms", using a short film animation which fitted the song.
Dixon had signed a record contract with a major label in 2010, but chose to opt out of the standard business model, allowing the contract to expire at the end of 2011 without releasing an album. Instead, his first full album Picture Of Our Youth was self-released through Bandcamp in February 2012.
Picture Of Our Youth was rated 3.5 out of 5 by musicOMH, which concluded that while it was not "a truly captivating debut, it's still intriguing nonetheless,"and 8/10 by Drowned in Sound, which described David's Lyre as "brilliant".
Dixon announced in January 2012 that Picture Of Our Youth would be his last album issued under the project name David's Lyre, and that his next step would be performing solo on tour with Spector.
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