After his recent psychedelic noise explorations, Paul Weller has returned to a more acoustic and gentle style on True Meanings, his 14th solo studio album. While there is little here to raise the pulse, instead what he has produced is a record that is perhaps his most cohesive and consistent in recent years. With a host of guest stars dropping in (many whose influence is not immediately apparent), it is a piece of work to soothe souls and cool minds as we head out of that never-ending, hot summer.
Friday 25th May saw Paul Weller celebrate his 60th birthday with the release of a brand new song, ‘Aspects’, on Parlophone Records. ‘Aspects’ is available as a free download from www.paulweller.com and will also be available to stream or download from the usual outlets.
The string-laden, largely acoustic and Nick Drake-esque ‘Aspects’ is a taster for his 14th solo studio album, True Meanings, which will be released later this year.
Paul Weller has been a constant point in the British music scene ever since The Jam arrived, fully formed and full of vitality, back in 1977. Taking influence from the mod explosion, he repackaged it into something new as the new wave and punk scene took off, a trick he repeated at the dawn of Britpop as the likes of Oasis and Ocean Colour Scene paid homage. Nowadays, he dips his toes into an ever-changing experimental and creative mood with every new release. He can, and does, basically just whatever he damn well pleases, and why not – unlike any of his original peer group, he doesn’t have to fall back on heritage and nostalgia when on the road, and his creative star stills burns dazzlingly bright in the studio.