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has consistently crafted some of the most influential music in the history of music – from his early classics to the pioneering ‘Graceland
’ right through to his previous collection of original material, 2016’s UK #1 album ‘Stranger To Stranger
’. Now Paul Simon
announces the release of ‘Seven Psalms
A step apart from anything Paul Simon
has released before, ‘Seven Psalms
’ defies categorisation. The record is a continuous 33-minute piece of music, a journey which consists of seven interlinked segments. It’s a record which establishes an engaging and meditative, almost hymnal ambience, with Paul’s
vocals at the top of an acoustic arrangement. Predominantly performed by Paul
, the record is seasoned with esoteric percussion instruments, choral elements from the Grammy
vocal ensemble VOCES8
, and a beautiful vocal appearance by Edie Brickell
True to the origin of psalms as hymns meant to be sung rather than spoken, Seven Psalms
reaches back to the very genesis of folk music: King David’s Psalms. The result is a quietly moving musical experience which uncovers a wealth of subtle details with every repeated listen. Lyrically, Paul’s
philosophical musings also provide plenty for fans to unpack and reflect upon.
The record’s tone is complemented by its artwork, which features a close-up extract of ‘Two Owls
’ by the celebrated landscape artist Thomas Moran
. ‘Seven Psalms
’ is Paul Simon’s
first album project since releasing ‘In The Blue Light’ in 2018 – which was a collection of re-imaginings of the artist’s favourite deep cuts from his vast back catalogue; the album debuted in the UK Top 10
. While Paul Simon
retired from touring in 2018, his surprise performance at last year’s Newport Jazz Festival
proved to be one of the most memorable moments in the event’s history.
Produced by Paul Simon
and Kyle Crusham
, Seven Psalms
is comprised of the following seven interlinked movements: