Paul Dempsey Friday 9th September 2016
Paul Dempsey ‘Strange Loop’ Album Tour
“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)
Paul Dempsey today releases his eclectic yet incisive second solo album, ‘Strange Loop’. Co-produced by Paul Dempsey and Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams) at Wilco’s The Loft Studio in Chicago, ‘Strange Loop’ features the tracks ‘Morningless’ and ‘The True Sea’ and is already attracting a slew of incredible reviews:
“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…”
Arriving seven years after the Something for Kate front man’s acclaimed solo debut, 2009’s top five ARIA charts success ‘Everything Is True’, ‘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 surreptitious dry wit, the irregularity of the everyday, and the pathos of longing in a mix of magic hour melodies, striking instrumentation, and tenderly charged vocals.
‘Strange Loop’ reveals a super-charged Dempsey; his voice more potent and powerful than ever, his stories and characters magnified, his instrumentation more adventurous and playful. It’s an album that sounds like doing what you want, and actually getting it right. Most musicians would be content with being involved in a single much-loved project, especially one as constantly rewarded as Something for Kate (double figures for ARIA Awards nominations, winners of Triple J’s Album of the Year, multiple top ten albums), but ‘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 dazzlingly 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.