:: What an album. I’m absolutely amazed.
Printer Clips is the new musical venture Paul Noonan. The Irish singer/songwriter and frontman of fabulous band Bell X1 teams up with nine highly accomplished female vocalists, each for one of the nine folk-influenced ballad duets that are featured on the self-titled debut LP of the project.
The ideas for the album songs were compiled over the course of five years, Printer Clips features Joan As Policewoman, Lisa Hannigan, Martha Wainwright, Gemma Hayes, Amy Millan, Julia Stone, Danielle Harrison, Cathy Davey, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh.
Printer Clips was released on May 26, 2014 via Bone China Records (self-release). The album is available as download and CD. You can buy it digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy of Printer Clips directly from the band’s website.
Printer Clips is streaming in its entirety above (via the Printer Clips Soundcloud). In a recent interview with Hot Press, Noonan explained his motivations for the Printer Clips project. If you wanna learn more about it, check out the whole feature here.
“I’ve always loved singing with girls. There’s something about a duet that’s more than a harmony, more than the sum of its parts. What epitomised that for me was seeing Gillian Welch for the first time. I realised the strength of two voices and a guitar, the unspoken intuition between two people. […] I started it in summer 2009. The band were doing very layered music and exploring many avenues at the same time. In some ways this became a reaction to that. My head was hurting a little bit. The idea of simply recording two voices and two guitars at the same time was refreshing. I’d leave it at that and let the songs stand up. […] So I went around grabbing people to record in hotel rooms or at their kitchen table. The simplicity and purity appealed. Printer Clips became this delicate thing that I turned to in my potting shed, every now and again.“
01. Apparatchik (with Lisa Hannigan)
02. If I Had Your Chance (with Amy Millan)
03. The Snowman (with Gemma Hayes)
04. The Cartographer (with Maria Doyle Kennedy)
05. Mrs Winchester (with Martha Wainwright)
06. The Dolphins And The World’s Tallest Man (with Cathy Davey)
07. My Rome Is Burning (with Danielle Harrison)
08. Vapour Trail ( with Joan As Policewoman)
09. Some Surprise (with Julia Stone)
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