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On May 14th, Paul Weller releases his 16th solo album since his self-titled debut in 1992, which comes in just under twelve months following June 2020’s magnificent, chart-topping “On Sunset”. It’s not hyperbole to state that this new album, titled Fat Pop (Volume 1), is among his most compelling collections. 
The record comes less than a year after last year’s On Sunset and features the song ‘Cosmic Fringes’ which you can preview below. Paul has already revealed that the Pet Shop Boys have remixed this song for some future release.
 
During spring last year, after his tour dates were postponed, Paul Weller needed something else to focus on. With many ideas for new songs stored on his phone, Paul started to record them on his own with just vocals, piano and guitar which he’d send to his core band members (drummer Ben Gordelier, Steve Cradock on guitar and bassist Andy Crofts) to add their parts. Despite it being strange not being together, it kept the wheels rolling and sanity prevailing. The band reconvened at Weller’s Black Barn studio in Surrey when restrictions were lifted to finish the work with the shape of the album becoming clear to all.

“Fat Pop (Volume 1)”Paul adding the “Volume 1” to keep options open for a second volume in the future –  is a diverse selection of sounds. No one style dominates. There’s the synth-heavy, future-wave strut of Cosmic Fringes, the stately balladeering of Still Glides The Stream (co-written with Steve Cradock), the chunky percussive groove of Moving Canvas (a tribute to Iggy Pop no less), and the kind of dramatic immediate pop symphonies on Failed, True and Shades of Blue with which Paul Weller has hooked in generation after generation of devotee.
 
As ever, “Fat Pop”, sees a number of guests contributing including Lia Metcalfe, the young Liverpudlian singer with The Mysterines who combines her tremendous vocal as well as a song writing credit to True. Andy Fairweather Low adds his distinctive vocals to superfly strutting Testify and Paul’s daughter Leah co-wrote and features on the classic 3 minute pop kitchen sink drama Shades Of Blue which will be the first single taken from the album. Hannah Peel is back in the fray adding her classic string scores to Cobweb Connections and Still Glides The Stream. 
The new album from Paul Weller was recorded in Spring 2020 whilst unable to hit the road and tour. Locked-down at Black Barn studios, Paul initially recorded vocals, piano and guitar on his own, before sending to the core band to add their parts remotely. Eventually the full band were able to reconvene as restrictions lifted and finish the record.
 

Out May 14th & available to pre-order on multiple formats – including deluxe vinyl and deluxe CD, LTD picture disc, merch bundles & more… There is also a limited edition orange vinyl available exclusively from Amazon. First track ‘Cosmic Fringes’ out now. Music video by Paul Weller performing Cosmic Fringes. A Polydor Records recording; © 2021 Solid Bond Productions Ltd., under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations.

A brand new record from Paul Weller. ‘Fat Pop’ is out 14th May through Polydor Records.

Paul Weller: Fat Pop Deluxe Vinyl Boxset

Through these strange and uncertain times it is sometimes a little hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel but this is where The Moons have stepped in. This long player is an album full of colour and raw song writing recorded live in the legendary Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios. With cinematic string arrangements and masterclass song writing from the pen of singer/songwriter Andy Crofts this album will be your happy escape.

“Most of this album had been unintentionally sat in my pocket for quite some time. Songs that I had written and forgotten about or had just lost their way and left unfinished. So that is why I wanted the album to simply be named Pocket Melodies. I had this inner feeling to pull them all together and it turned out my favourite Moons record.” Andy Crofts

Pocket Melodies takes you on a journey of glorious melodies leading you through love, romance, nostalgia, regret and unity.

Congratulations to the Paul Weller band members of The Moons on the release of their new album, ‘Pocket Melodies’ out today. Featuring a Weller/ Crofts composition called ‘Tunnel of Time’ recorded at Abbey Rd.

“I wanted to be true to myself with this record. My best strength is writing melodic pop songs so I just let it all flow as I wanted this album to be soaked in colour and completely natural. There’s no pretence, it’s just straight up pop songs. I have always worn my heart on my sleeve when it comes to my feelings and I think you can hear this in the lyrics this time.” Andy Crofts

The album features singles Riding Man and Today which received high praise and championed on BBC London and Radio X and a collaboration with Paul Weller on the song Tunnel Of Time.

“I wrote all of the songs on the album except Tunnel Of Time which is a collaboration between myself and Paul Weller. He once approached me with a little idea and we slowly worked at it in dressing rooms etc until I took it away and put it all together. Its a nice little song and i’m glad it found a home with The Moons.” Andy Crofts

Taken from the forthcoming album ‘Pocket Melodies’ out 23/10/20

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New Weller documentary “ONE”, filmed by Andy Crofts, is available to watch online now at www.PaulWeller.com or the link below. “ONE is one year in the life of Paul Weller and his band. It’s a montage of sights and sounds we have witnessed on our travels around the world. I wanted to make something real for the fans that they haven’t seen before.” – Andy Crofts

Paul Weller is rounding off an incredible 2015 by unveiling new behind the scenes documentary ONE over the festive period.

Head to http://www.PaulWeller.com or visit Weller’s YouTube channel from 10am on Boxing Day to see more than an hour of footage shot by live keyboardist Andy Crofts, capturing a year on the road with Paul Weller and his band.

Saturns Pattern, the latest album by Paul Weller, is out now.

Capturing a year on tour with Weller and his band, the film follows his tours of the UK, Europe, North America, and Japan and includes candid interviews with Weller, his band and other team members, It’s a rare glimpse into the tour bus and dressing room, live and rehearsal footage and backstage jams.