At age 26 and in the flurry of NYC, Paul has created Be Careful What You Call Home. A mental score. A geographical response. The architecture of this record belongs almost anywhere, but it found itself at the source: “I began by wanting to hear and experience things that might take me out of a small town mentality – and I realized that small town experience is something that makes me exist,” Paul said. LikeTo An Ambient Hollywood, his 2003 debut, Be Careful What You Call Home is homemade with a range of musical ingredients. Self-taught, Paul utilizes guitar, bass, piano, electronics, cello, drums, etc. His move to New York reunited him with longtime friends/musicians and introduced him to new ones, enabling him to establish an ensemble for live performance and for accompaniment on recordings. This shared translation that has added a dimension to Paul’s entire process – he seems more confident to follow an idea be it avant or pop.
Introduced to and compelled by the likes of Luc Ferrari, Morton Feldman, Arnold Dreyblatt, et al while studying sound design in college, Paul took to a language that combined with his own real and imaginary scenarios. “A drunk uncle and his third wife, a love that never happened, a death that I’ve dealt with….” The cerebral and the emotional come crashing, existing in a balance characterized by Paul in references to his reading habits, where Hans Bellmer and Knut Hamson exist side-by-side. Be Careful What You Call Home comes complete with a lyric book (a first for Paul), allowing words to accompany the record’s inherent sonic storytelling. Despite this lyrical reveal, which might convey a desire to communicate beyond the sole power of the recorded uttered voice, Paul said, “There’s a brevity to some of the songs on the new album for a reason - some of those songs don’t have a long life.” He compares the thirteen tracks to “fleeting thoughts or feelings, things that I wouldn’t indulge in for more than a little while. I’m writing about things that are beyond me because I don’t know enough yet. They’re sketches of things we all try to figure out.”
Bryan Collins was hand chosen by Paul to be the visual accompaniment of this record, and his contribution is perfect. Bryan’s illustrations printed seamlessly in spot colors on a chipboard digipak are beautiful and fragile and better than we could have ever hoped for.