Harpooner

by Paul Brill

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Paul Brill, forward-looking creator of 2004's critically-acclaimed New Pagan Love Song, released Harpooner in 2006 on his own Scarlet Shame Records. His most searing artistic statement to date, Harpooner marked the end of Brill's Americana tinges and a full embrace of the intense musical collages he began on NPLS. It's a stunning, challenging, and edgy piece of work, marking the welcome return of one of songwriterdoms most independent and progressive artists.

Brill's first releases, including the well-received Sisters EP and LP combo, were vulnerable and plaintive twang-kissed affairs that showcased a thoughtful songwriting presence. New Pagan Love Song, which merged earlier works acoustic elements with found sounds, samples, and bent beats, avoided a number of the clichés and self-indulgent foibles of the acoustic guitar-meets-electronics crowd. It was a record made by a songwriter genuinely interested in the possibilities of electronic experiments in songwriting. It was an album of comfortable melancholy that took critics by storm.

Harpooner continues further down that path, incorporating heavy-duty cut-and-paste collage elements for a work that comes off like a fever dream. It's a song of reckoning, a last gasp. It's nine tales regard plague, mental illness, misanthropy, and much salt water. In this thoroughly dismantled pop record, Brill collages found sounds, jigsaw beats, and damaged vocals into a work of boxed-in desperation. The acoustic guitar only rears its head now and again and songs are often driven by off-kilter percussion and samples more than anything. Even Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel) stops by to lend his unique bass expertise! The record represents a significant step forward for Brill's sonic architecture, exploring further the unexpected collision between organic and electronic sound he first touched upon on NPLS.

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released November 20, 2006

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Paul Brill Brooklyn, New York

An innovative composer, songwriter and producer, Paul has received 3 EMMY AWARD nominations for his film scores. Paul also won the first-ever Best Music Award from the International Documentary Association for his score for the film, “Better this World.” Brill collaborated with Rock legends, U2 on the HBO film, “Burma Soldier,” composing a new string arrangement for their classic song, “Walk On.” ... more

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