[2016.02.15] Tom Hollingworth, for NARC Magazine.
With his first album as The Shooting Of..., Paul Jeans is putting on a theatrical show; taking the listener up with the ups, and holding our hands through bitterness and heartache.
Melodies are the blood of every song, from big choruses, as in Captain Of My Soul, to small moments in an arrangement, such as the ‘robot-synth’ part in This Silence Is Killing Me. His voice, both solo or as a self-harmonising stentor, delivers with a range of tones.
The production is punchy throughout, supporting the bold outlook in the songwriting. Nods to Art-Pop influences such as Bowie and Gabriel catch the ear from time-to-time, further showing Jeans’ appreciation for music and joie de vivre.