Paul Kelly is one of Australia’s most iconic and longest serving musicians, and as of last Friday just released his 19th studio album called ‘Spring and Fall’ which features the retrospective single ‘New Found Year‘.
‘New Found Year’ showcases that Paul Kelly has not lost any of his story telling ability, but expresses it in a more fitting nostalgic sense. Following the remastering his entire back catalogue, Paul Kelly has had a lot of time for contemplation, and I think that is what really comes through in this track. Kelly’s vocals are instantly recorgnisable, and the poignant way he casually glides through his guitar patterns hasn’t changed much. But what has changed is the way he has stripped back his music, to give you the real raw love story behind the sounds. Its the kind of song that much like the Gippsland countryside where he has been writing, just seems to roll along ever so politely and delicately. ‘New Found Year’ is the kind of song you can just listen to endlessly whilst your head cycles through the ‘what-ifs’ of life, and really presses a case for thinking music to become a genre.
Along with a new album, Paul Kelly has also included a making of web-book, to let you into his song writing world and see the real story behind the finished product. According to Kelly, ‘The story goes that when Paul McCartney came up with the tune for Yesterday he was singing ‘Scrambled eggs’, not ‘Yesterday’. The book takes you back to the murky beginnings, the influences, the mumbles, the crossed out lines and the rubbing outs – the song staggering into the light and is an amazing insight into the man behind the music.
So be sure to check out both the album and the book, and if you’re a real Paul Kelly fan the movie called ‘Stories of Me’ which begins screening this week.