Interview Paul Thomas Saunders
Camille Ainsworth meets the shoe-gazing singer-songwriter
Interview: Paul Thomas Saunders
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With the popularity wave of noisy bands ebbing away, something much more charming is being uncovered. Heading up this camp is Paul Thomas Saunders, with ethereal guitars, haunting harmonies, wide reverb and tingling folk sounds he marks a new development for Leeds music.
“When we decided to record the first EP we had no plans whatsoever,” Saunders says. “I had four new songs, and I loved impromptu recording sessions in the middle of the night.” These recording sessions resulted in the RP Four Songs in Twilight recorded on no more than a computer and a microphone with the help of friend Max Prior.
“I had the songs and a strong idea of what I wanted them to sound like,” he says, “so there was no point in drawing out the process. At the end of each night, we were hungry to do more, high on lack of sleep and hypnotized from staring at guitar strings and computer screen. I think it was a perfect way to start a musical project.”
You may have come across Paul Thomas Saunders before he went solo. He was previously in bands Flowe and Daisy’s Sweet Hearts, although he seems happier on his own. “Both were not really representative of me I don’t think,” he says. “It was only at the end of 2009 that I decided to start recording music alone, it was a natural progression that I felt I couldn’t avoid, there’s always been that insufferable itch of exploring the depth of your own creativity and finding a really honest music identity.”
Since breaking away from the push and pull of writing music as a band, Saunders has released songs with both Leeds indie music darlings Dance To The Radio and Dead Young Records, and is now beavering away at a new EP which he hints will be something very different from his first record.
“What seems great about this project to me, even though it’s got a strong sense of direction, it’s not one thing, there are so many paths it can go down. Even though it’s been only seven months since to whole thing was conceived, the music has changed ten fold.”
Posted on Wednesday 9th June 2010
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