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Blades of Battenberg
Summer of 1910

PAUL ROLAND House of Dark Shadows

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Paul Roland is a singer-songwriter, author, journalist and paranormal researcher. Since the release of his first single Oscar Automobile in 1979 Roland has been spinning his tales against a backdrop of gothic rock, psych-pop, folk and, occasionally, baroque strings. His character creations include a Regency magistrate, various 19th Century murderers, a retired executioner, an opium addict, and an entire court of medieval grotesques. Paul has been called 'the male Kate Bush' by one-time label mate Robyn Hitchcock, and 'The Lord Byron of Rock' by influential French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles. House of Dark Shadows came out in Germany (only) in 1985. Originally a compilation album of the first album and some singles, it is seen by many as one of Paul's strongest records ever. It features classic songs like "Blades of Battenburg" "Captian Blood" or "Death or Glory". For this first proper re-issue on CD, we have re-installed the original artwork. The album has been remastered for this edition, and as if this weren't enough, we have added five previously unreleased songs from Paul's archive. A milestone in dark-themed rock music coming back to life.

Originally a German only release back in 1985 it collects tracks from Paul's first album along with an assortment of singles whilst also adding five essential and previously unreleased bonus tracks. Roland's music should need no introduction but for any uninitiated listeners, his is a back catalogue of psych riches that range from baroque, string filled tales of wonder, whimsy and terror to full on lysergic garage rock. 'House Of Dark Shadows' contains several of Paul's immediate classics such as the ominous, synth-accentuated anthem 'Blades Of Battenburg' and the chamber psych pop of 'Burnt Orchids'. The mastering is exemplary. These tracks (some roughly thirty years old) sound crystal clear and Roland’s richly textured and detailed mini-symphonies sound immediate, resonant and powerful. (...) All of Roland’s catalogue is highly recommended and it is gratifying to see some of his earlier work being presented in such a considerate and thoughtful manner. For fans this album will be essential on account of the unreleased material; for others it offers an excellent introduction to one of the UK's finest and most individual songwriters.
(The Active Listener, February 2016)