Paul White: Visits the Seagull Mansion EP
Paul White’s debut for R&S Record, Shaker Notes, saw him move away from the free-wheeling hip hop he made his name with, and into deeper and more emotionally compelling territory. The psych rock, jazz and soundtrack obsessions he hinted at on that LP are brought into brilliant focus on this new EP. Paul White’s Seagull Mansion is a loose group of South London musicians, including regular foil and 22a label head Tenderlonious and sister Sarah Williams White, who created this illuminating pair of covers of songs from Shaker Notes in a Lewisham garden.
‘Running On A Rainy Day’ is the revelation, a heart-breaking balearic pop gem gorgeously rendered, while ‘Honey Cats’ spaghetti western trip drags you further into their world and beyond. The session was beautifully filmed: watch the videos at: tinyurl.com/seagullmansion
New track ‘Walk Talk Feel’ features rising Australian talent Jitwam, whose otherworldly jazz vocal is a perfect match for the rock-solid 7/8 rhythm. Plus there’s a bonus track for the heads: ‘Follow It Through’ shows Paul White experimenting with the cutting edge of hip hop production once again.
…Visits the Seagull Mansion marks the start of a busy year for Paul White as he readies music with Open Mike Eagle, Danny Brown, Jamie Woon and his new group Golden Rules (with Florida MC/singer Eric Biddines) among much more. For now though, let’s take a stroll through the corridors of the Seagull Mansion…icJazzFolkRockBeat