Medieval Troubadour gets lost during time travel: Paul Roland
who? Paul Roland
What? Medieval sounding singersongwriter
Sounds like? Robyn Hitchcock, the peaceful version of Comus, The Waterboys, David Bowie
Paul Roland…a guy from the eighties about whom I know absolutely nothing. And then i decided to put my laziness away and at least read his biography on last.fm. So he writes books about mysticism…that’s no wonder, hearing his music.
Especially his album ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ from 1987 is a classic that got lost in time somewhere. On this timeless album, Roland plays a sort of medieval sounding folk, that is a little scary. I haven’t heard any album that gets so close to the creepy sound of 70’s folk band Comus. Next to that, the eighties are also present, but then the eigthies I can stand. It could also be a David Bowie acoustic bootleg ( well, the song Demin In A Glass Case really is)
Roland tells stories that seem to come froma 19th Century madhouse. Listen e.g to ‘Gary Gilmore Eyes’.
And the coolest thing? His music got reissued, together with another album of his on one disc! You can buy it at CDBaby.