Polly Paulusma annuncia il suo ritorno con ‘Invisible Music’, il nuovo album in arrivo il 23 aprile su etichetta One Little Independent Records, a nove anni dall’ultima pubblicazione. Il disco esplora una moltitudine di temi in diverse epoche, descrivendo in dettaglio momenti drammatici, amori, incesti, rapimenti e guerre. Un lavoro trasversale ispirato dagli scritti di Angela Carter, che era solita cantare o rimodellare queste ballad. Brani come ‘The Maid and The Palmer’, che narra di un sopravvissuto ad abusi sui minori, o ‘Jack Munro’, che testimonia le gesta in tempi di guerra di un’eroina travestita le cui audaci sfide la fanno emergere, o ‘Lucy Wan’, dove si racconta dell’uccisione di una giovane donna il cui fratello non è mai stato ritenuto responsabile: Polly Paulusma poteva sentire la presenza di queste canzoni nella scrittura di Carter, ma aveva bisogno di immergersi in loro e cantarle lei stessa per capirne veramente il loro potere. A tutto questo si aggiunge la possibilità di vedere tragedie storiche, altrimenti dimenticate, sotto una nuova lente. Attraverso Carter, Polly Paulusma porta in vita le eroine da cui è stata influenzata, ripristinando le narrazioni storiche dell’agire femminile che rischiano di perdersi.I reading contenuti in ‘Invisible Music’ enfatizzano la svolta musicale sia di Carter che di Paulusma e fanno da intermezzo a brani folk oscuri disseminati da seducenti accordi di chitarra di Polly, supportati dal violino di Jed Bevington (Mortal Tides), dalla chitarra di Jack Harris e dal contrabbasso di John Parker (Nizlopi, Ward & Parker, The Willows).
POLLY PAULUSMA‘INVISIBLE MUSIC – FOLK SONGS THAT INFLUENCED ANGELA CARTER’23 aprile 2021One Little Independent Records – Bertusalbum pre-order: http://bit.ly/3bGO4OsTracklist: Extract From ‘Several Perceptions’ Read By Polly PaulusmaThe Maid and The PalmerExtract From ‘The Executioner’s Beautiful Daughter’ Read By Kirsty LoganJack MunroExtract From ‘The Bloody Chamber’ Read By Kathryn WilliamsLucy WanExtract From ‘John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore’ Read By Kirsty LoganLady Isabel and The Elf-KnightExtract From ‘The Erl-King’ Read by Kathryn WilliamsThe Banks of Red RosesExtract From ‘The Erl-King’ Read by Polly PaulusmaBarbary AllenExtract From ‘The Lady of the House of Love’ Read By Kirsty LoganThe Streams of Lovely NancyExtract From ‘The Bloody Chamber’ Read by Kathryn WilliamsReynardineExtract From ‘Shadow Dance’ Read by Kirsty LoganThe Flower of Sweet StrabaneExtract From ‘Reflections’ Read by Polly Paulusma These tracks were reworked by Paulusma with help from an Artist Bursary from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and recorded with help from a Music Award from the University of East Anglia Music Centre.
About Polly Paulusma Back in 2003, tucked away in her garden shed, Paulusma was putting the finishing touches to her self-produced debut, recorded on a home computer with one microphone and a budget the size of a postage stamp. ‘Scissors In My Pocket’, a work of aching acoustic tenderness, was the result, and it received immediate and widespread critical acclaim upon its international release on One Little Independent in 2004. Paulusma was catapulted around the world supporting Bob Dylan, Jamie Cullum, The Divine Comedy and Marianne Faithfull, and played Glastonbury, T in the Park, V Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival among many others, touring the USA and Italy. She signed to Sony/ATV in LA, and opened for Coldplay at their secret show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. Paulusma made a sibling album for ‘Scissors…’ called ‘Cosmic Rosy Spine Kites’ (an anagram) — all the same songs, but different versions — which was released in 2005. In 2007, after a series of miscarriages, Paulusma released a darker and more driving, deeply personal second album ‘Fingers & Thumbs’, produced by Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Gomez, Badly Drawn Boy, Kings of Convenience) and recorded in Liverpool’s Parr Street studios. She toured the UK extensively and made cult Youtube Guitar Shop videos along the way. Its acoustic variant album ‘Fights and Numbers’ came out in 2008. In 2012 Paulusma founded the Wild Sound folk label, releasing ‘Leaves from the Family Tree’, which includes collaborations with Sherlock composer Michael Price, Adem (Fridge) and US folk songwriter Erin McKeown, and its own sibling ‘The Small Feat Of My Reverie’. Wild Sound subsequently released albums of notable acoustic folk artists Maz O’Connor, Dan Wilde, Mortal Tides, Harry Harris, Stylusboy, and Matthew The Oxx. In 2017 the label became a folk imprint at One Little Independent. Paulusma began teaching Cambridge English undergraduates in 2013; in 2015, she was awarded an EFDSS Artist Bursary followed by a full award for a PhD, from which her eighth and newest album, ‘Invisible Music’ — folk songs that influenced Angela Carter’ stems. This album presents in sound Paulusma’s theories about the complex inter-relationships between music and literature. Her ninth album, ‘The Pivot On Which Everything Turns’, will present the wealth of songwriting since 2012. Slated for release in 2022, ‘Pivot’ includes notable songwriting collaborations with Kathryn Williams, Astrid Williamson, David Ford and Danny George Wilson. About Angela Carter Angela Carter (1940–1992), was an English novelist, short story writer, poet, and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism, and picaresque works. She is best known for her collection of short stories, ‘The Bloody Chamber’, which was published in 1979. In 2008, The Times ranked Carter tenth in their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. In 2012, ‘Nights at the Circus’ was selected as the best ever winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.