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Paddy Steer (from Homelife) - Dragon's Breath



Paddy Steer Dragons Breath
Paddy Steer (from Homelife) - Dragon's Breath
(CD/Digital) Red Deer Club RDC017, 2009-03-30

Paddy is a Zelig-like character along the timeline of Manchester's musical activity. It's a testament to his musicality that he has played with such a wide range of music and artists over the years, be it as a bass player, drummer, Hawaiian guitarist etc. or all these roles at the same time. His own Homelife project released five albums in recent years, Homelife's sound was intricate but with a warm sense of wonder, a balance of songs and instrumentals. Many musicians contributed to the Homelife project, brewed slowly by Paddy in his attic before being taken out as a small orchestra for some very unique concerts. On Dragon's Breath, essentially an instrumental solo project recorded in parallel with Homelife's Exotic Interlude (a new song-based album), there seems to be a link with his current interest in animation. It's a cartoon-like music with parallels to Carl Stalling (Looney Tunes genius); dense with events, new textures and the colours of children's paintings, Dragon's Breath sounds like a Swiss cuckoo clock made of egg boxes and horsehair, glued together by an African Moog player in a Vietnamese iron monger's shop.

Paddy Steer Dragons Breath
Paddy Steer (from Homelife) - Dragon's Breath
(CD/Digital) Red Deer Club RDC017, 2009-03-30

Tracklisting :
01. Loufoque (Cavaquinho, Drums - Paddy Steer)
02. Street Dreams (Steel Guitar [Lap], Bells, Bass, Harmonica - Paddy Steer, Vocals - Rachel Pratt)
03. The Blob (Guitar [Extra] - Tony Burnside, Saxophone - Graham Massey, Synthesizer [Welson Supermatic, Farfisa Vip], Bass [Fuzz], Guitar, Kalimba - Paddy Steer)
04. Dragon's Breath (Clarinet [Bass], Flute - Graham Massey, Drums, Percussion, Xylophone, Clavinet, Cavaquinho, Synthesizer [Farfisa], Electronics [Macbeth] - Paddy Steer)
05. Shortbread Nag (Drums, Electronics [Macbeth] - Paddy Steer)
06. Lumpy Pro (Electronics [Sequential Circuits Pro 1, Macbeth M3x], Bass, Percussion - Paddy Steer, Vocals, Sampler - Graham Massey)
07. Macador (Clarinet [Bass & Tenor] - Graham Massey, Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Bass, Electronics [Macbeth] - Paddy Steer)
08. Wet Day (Bass [Ashbury], Melodica - Paddy Steer)
09. A. Welson Senior II (Synthesizer [Supermatic], Drums, Electronics [Macbeth], Bass - Paddy Steer)
10. Price Needs Life Beats Bargain (Drums, Clavinet, Electronics [Macbeth], Synthesizer [Supermatic], Xylophone - Paddy Steer)
11. Earlier Potato (Congas - Icarus Wilson-Wright, Percussion [Sauce Pans, Sticks], Bass, Ukulele, Guitar, Electronics [Macbeth] - Paddy Steer)
12. Bells Of The Horses (Drums, Bass, Guitar, Electronics [Macbeth], Zither - Paddy Steer)
13. A Badger's North (Steel Guitar [Epiphone Electar 8 String Lap Steel], Drums, Percussion, Bass, Guitar - Paddy Steer)
14. Stun Phlogiston (Clavinet - Graham Massey, Drums, Xylophone, Organ, Bass, Banjo, Percussion, Steel Guitar [Lap Steels] - Paddy Steer, Saxophone [Bass] - Howard Jacobs, Trumpet - Matthew Halsall)
15. Xylop Bee 49 (Guitar, Bass, Organ - Paddy Steer)
16. Pulsator Organum (Congas - Howard Jacobs, Other [Flexitone], Percussion, Drums, Electronics [Macbeth] - Paddy Steer)
17. Domsbury's Beam (Other [Flexitone], Percussion, Drums, Electronics [Macbeth] - Paddy Steer)
18. Cuckoo Feeder Waste Pallet (Drums, Bass, Electronics [Macbeth], Synthesizer [Farfisa Matador 80], Banjo - Paddy Steer)
19. Spanish Tea (Drums, Guitar, Bass, Percussion - Paddy Steer, Flute, Vocals - Graham Massey)
20. Spondylitus (Drums, Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Electronics [Macbeth] - Paddy Steer)

Links :
Buy it on reddeerclub.bigcartel.com
myspace.com/paddysteer
myspace.com/madwaltz
myspace.com/reddeerclub
reddeerclub.co.uk

Press Release :
Paddy is a Zelig-like character along the timeline of Manchester's musical activity. It's a testament to his musicality that he has played with such a wide range of music and artists over the years, be it as a bass player, drummer, Hawaiian guitarist etc. or all these roles at the same time.

His own Homelife project released five albums in recent years, Homelife's sound was intricate but with a warm sense of wonder, a balance of songs and instrumentals. Many musicians contributed to the Homelife project, brewed slowly by Paddy in his attic before being taken out as a small orchestra for some very unique concerts.

Paddy's attic studio is like the magic workshop - not only does he make music in there, but he also makes instruments, mends junk, films animations and constructs robots.

Never one to blow his own trumpet, Paddy quietly gets on with developing his craft. There is something of the fairy-tale cobbler working late into the night in order to make the finest shoes in the kingdom, or maybe the musical elves strike up while he's in bed.

On 'Dragons Breath', essentially an instrumental solo project recorded in parallel with Homelife's 'Exotic Interlude' (a new song-based album), there seems to be a link with his current interest in animation. It's a cartoon-like music with parallels to Carl Stalling (Looney Tunes genius); dense with events, new textures and the colours of children's paintings, 'Dragons Breath' sounds like a Swiss cuckoo clock made of egg boxes and horsehair, glued together by an African Moog player in a Vietnamese iron monger's shop.

More info :
As mentioned many many times in the past few mail-outs we are super excited at Red Deer Club to be releasing Paddy Steer's debut album 'Dragon's Breath'. The artwork looks amazing, and it will be in the shops on 30th March 2009.

The very kind Graham Massey of 808 State / Toolshed fame has written a few words about Paddy and his ominous release:

"Paddy is a Zelig-like character along the timeline of Manchester's musical activity. It's a testament to his musicality that he has played with such a wide range of music and artists over the years, be it as a bass player, drummer, Hawaiian guitarist etc. or all these roles at the same time.

His own Homelife project released five albums in recent years, Homelife's sound was intricate but with a warm sense of wonder, a balance of songs and instrumentals. Many musicians contributed to the Homelife project, brewed slowly by Paddy in his attic before being taken out as a small orchestra for some very unique concerts.

Paddy's attic studio is like the magic workshop - not only does he make music in there, but he also makes instruments, mends junk, films animations and constructs robots.

Never one to blow his own trumpet, Paddy quietly gets on with developing his craft. There is something of the fairy-tale cobbler working late into the night in order to make the finest shoes in the kingdom, or maybe the musical elves strike up while he's in bed.

On 'Dragons Breath', essentially an instrumental solo project recorded in parallel with Homelife's 'Exotic Interlude' (a new song-based album), there seems to be a link with his current interest in animation. It's a cartoon-like music with parallels to Carl Stalling (Looney Tunes genius); dense with events, new textures and the colours of children's paintings, 'Dragons Breath' sounds like a Swiss cuckoo clock made of egg boxes and horsehair, glued together by an African Moog player in a Vietnamese iron monger's shop."

Told you it sounds good!
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