Paul Draper – Spooky Action
As the frontman and songwriter of one of the most iconic bands of the late ’90s, the creative force that brought the classic hit single “Wide Open Space” and the Number 1 album Attack Of The Grey Lantern with Mansun, Paul Draper’s talent preceeds him. Mansun’s four albums launched the band in to a fervent cult following that has grown and holds an annual convention in the UK in the band’s name. 2016 saw Draper’s triumphant return with two new EPs to set the Mansun fandom aflame, including industry gatekeepers Steve Lamacq and Chris Hawkins for BBC 6 Music. He was supported further with playlisting on Radio X, a Q Magazine Track Of The Day, NME Track Of The Week, a feature from The Line Of Best Fit, and an exclusive remix from Public Service Broadcasting.
Spooky Action will be released in early August, preceding a sold-out headline UK tour, featuring the glistening synthetic soul single “Things People Want” and warped voodoo psych grat-track “Don’t Poke The Bear”. Lyrically, it’s a biting and brutally honest record – an autobiography set to captivating and addictive melodies.
“…his artistic flame has been fully reignited.”
8.5/10 The Line Of Best FitTaking its cue from the two EPs and recorded in collaboration with Catherine AD (The Anchoress) and long time Mansun collaborator P Dub, the record’s eleven tracks also veer through genres, from the warped, razored rock’n’roll in “Grey House” to the glorious widescreen analogue pop of “Jealousy Is A Powerful Emotion”. Spooky Action represents Draper’s strongest, most consistent set of songs to date – a lifetime’s work condensed into just over an hour of perfectly formed music.
The album will be released as a CD presented in a digi pack packaging complete with a 16-page booklet and artwork by Steve Stacey, whose previous work includes Calvin Harris, Manic Street Preachers, Circa Waves and Lou Reed.
UPC: 802644834023 | 802644891316
Catalogue Number: KSCOPE340 | KSCOPE913
Release Date: 11 August 2017