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Paul’s songs throw colour and melody into crumbling grey of urban landscapes, following the footfall of its myriad characters and discovering the sparkle in their eyes and the stories in their hearts. With glimpses of reality and flashes of wry humour along the way, Paul’s musical journey visits both the shadowed vales and crystalline peaks of life and breaths a vividness, vitality and significance into everyday experience.
“Rose’s songs, although often quite personal, look at life and life’s oddities and often contain more than an element of wholesome reality that most will be able to associate with”
The new album
With his third album Ulterior Motives due for release on 1st June Paul expands his soundscape considerably:
“With my new album I have created a full band sound with the use of drum sequencing and bass guitar. Whilst my acoustic roots still feature heavily, I have tried to bring more of a rock sound to Ulterior Motives. During the writing and recording I re-discovered my love of electric guitar especially the texture that it can bring to my songs when combined with acoustic instruments. I suppose some tracks on the album are a nod towards my rock influences that I have not explored in the past; bands such as Therapy? Manic Street Preachers, The Killers and Fountains of Wayne”.
Night-time – disembodied voices at halts, the wind throws them away like a sweet wrapper
Lyrically, Ulterior Motives contains many of Paul’s trademark explorations of the extraordinary in ordinary life and poetic musings on situations encountered on his travels near and far. The title of the album reflects a questioning quality to many of the songs:
I’m trying to see lives behind my judging eyes, and the light that surrounds us all
“As a Buddhist I try to look carefully at what motivates my actions. As my writing for this album progressed, I noticed that many of the songs explored this theme; what my or other people’s motivation was certain situations and how, more often than not, motivation is often mixed and goes against the picture we like to paint of ourselves. I began to appreciate the depth and breadth of our individual lives and what poet Walt Whitman meant when he said “I contain Multitudes”.