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Monday 20 November 2017

The Architect: Newly Politicised Paloma Faith Returns With New Album & Brighton Show

Paloma Faith – one of only two British female artists this decade to have their last three albums go double platinum in the UK – has released her fourth album, The Architect.

The new album – her first in more than three years and since giving birth to her first child – features an array of acclaimed co-writers, producers and collaborators
 
Paloma, who won the Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist in 2015 following the success of her last record, 2014's A Perfect Contradiction, explores both personal and political themes on the album.
 
Whilst the music is classic Paloma – with sweeping orchestral tracks, smooth soul, sleek disco grooves and stomping electro pop all featured on the album – the lyrics raise social and political questions, and cover powerful and topical themes, such as motherhood, social anxiety, wealth inequality, technology"s impact on feelings of alienation…. oh and also the future of the Western world, Donald Trump, Brexit and the refugee crisis – all within the confines of classic pop. 

 
Title track The Architect features - if you can imagine it – Paloma as Mother Nature, singing to humanity, while Guilty reflects on the Brexit vote from the perspective of a Leave voter who regrets their choice. 

Lead single Crybaby ponders whether war would cease to exist if men successfully dealt with their emotions, and Lost and Lonely is sung from the viewpoint of a skeleton!

The album also includes the track Warrior written by Sia, which Paloma interprets to be about the refugee crisis, a duet with John Legend, I'll Be Gentle, and two spoken word interludes – album opener Evolution which is performed by acclaimed actor Samuel L. Jackson and Politics of Hope which is a political commentary by Owen Jones. 

Paloma said: "'The Architect' is a social observation record. I was adamant that I wouldn't write about love. I wanted to look outside of myself. 

"I'm coming at politics from the perspective of the common man or woman, observing why people are suffering. 

"Each song on the record is about a different pocket of the socio-political world that I"ve been delving into."
 
She added: "I wanted to write something more modern. On previous albums I've been more concerned with the past, but now I'm looking forward because of motherhood and wanting to change things for a better future. It's a marriage of old and new."

Paloma Faith's new album The Architect, is out now. CLICK HERE for more info. Paloma Faith plays The Brighton Centre on Monday 12th March 2018. For tickets CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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