Ah, the record that started it all. The summer of 2001, Sara and I returned home from our band’s summer tour to have Paul play us some of his new songs. “Hey, I did these while you were gone...tell me what you think.” Having taken a number of sound design courses and working with Paul for a couple of years on various soundtracks and one-off musical projects, I had no idea what to expect. Two things I was not ready for: pop sensibility and vocals. Paul had found a new musical footing over the summer. Late nights with friends, various ideas stewing in his head, and Savannah heat mixed with the record button always being armed to birth something we weren’t ready for. “Paul, make some more songs...turn it into a full length...we’ll put it out...like for real, with nice packaging. We’ll have J Penry do all the artwork...it’ll be awesome,” we said.
Up until that time, Hometapes had been small (as in under 100 copies per release) with handmade packaging. This changed that, but we wanted the feeling to remain. We made it our mission to fuse good music with good artwork held together with nice materials...to make documents that should be kept and cherished. We’ve learned a lot since then (much of not worth discussing), but we still do Hometapes because of records like this. The record was received fairly well by a number of smaller publications, and wonderfully enough Paul has continued to make music in this vein. This was just the first chapter in what will hopefully be a long and fruitful musical career. For the uninitiated, Paul uses everything but the kitchen sink to craft a variety of moods and sounds. Paul’s knowledge and appreciation of avant garde music keeps things interesting and has led to him being compared to Red Red Meat, Bark Psychosis, Jim O’Rourke, Talk Talk, and Brian Eno. (Not bad company in our opinion).