After the success of his crowdfunding campaign for last year’s Andelain, Sunderland songwriter Paul Liddell has turned to his considerable fan base once again to help launch his latest record, The Mean Seeds of Yield, which sees the light of day this month.
Having written the majority of the album while touring extensively through the UK and Europe, the album has a real live feel to it, with the majority of the vocal and guitar tracks recorded in a live take, offering a great insight into his performance. The album’s full of beautiful subtleties and dramatic delivery; from the epic opener Little Rivers, Heartbeat’s delicious raw electric guitar and bluesy distorted vocal and the string-laden simplicity of Small Beginnings, to the delicate atmosphere drenched piano refrain of Torn Padded Chenille and the anthemic Wasting Time.
Arguably, it’s the live arena where Paul really shines. His complex sound is stripped down to an impressive loop-laden performance, in which his rich vocal tones and sublime songs are given room to breathe. At his album launch, taking place at Sunderland Minster on Friday 7th October, the prolific songwriter will be performing both solo and alongside some of the musicians that helped to create the new release, offering a truly one-off performance.