Having celebrated his 60th birthday earlier this year, Paul Weller shows no sign of shutting up the Black Barn yet, with the imminent release of 'True Meanings'. The album will be his fourteenth as a solo artist, and the twenty-sixth studio album of his career.
Never one to rest on his laurels, 'True Meanings' promises to be unlike any of its preceding albums. The two songs to emerge so far, 'Movin On' and 'Aspects', along with other titles included on the tracklisting suggest this will be a more introspective folk-orientated singer-songwriter style Weller album than those that have come before. 'The Soul Searchers', 'Mayfly', 'Old Castles' and 'Bowie' all hint at some pondering and consideration of mortality and the passage of time.
'I was quite conscious, even though I wanted True Meanings to be orchestrated, that it’s fundamentally just me and an acoustic guitar' - Paul Weller
Paul Weller's intent to make his voice and guitar the central focus has undoubtedly worked, but the underlying method to achieve it has involved many contributions from other artists. As it has become the custom at The Black Barn in recent years, notable musicians passed through the studio throughout its three-week recording period lending performances and unusually for Paul Weller, writing and lyrical input.
Rod Argent of The Zombies lends his Hammond organ and keyboard skills, Little Barrie plays guitar and Lucy Rose supplies some backing vocals. There are also reports of regular collaborator Noel Gallagher appearing on the album too.
Although all of the melodies were penned by Paul Weller, four of the songs have lyrics written by other musicians. 'The Soul Searchers' was written by Connor O'Brien of Dublin indie folk band Villagers, while ‘Bowie’, ‘Wishing Well’ and the album closer ‘White Horses’ were penned by the Orkney born Erland Cooper from London based progressive folk band Erland & The Carnival.
'True Meanings' will be released on 14th September 2018. Find out more at paulweller.com