Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Baltic Fleet is the work of Warrington based artist Paul Fleming. Whilst on a World Tour playing keyboards for Echo and the Bunnymen Paul Fleming began to write what would come to be his debut album. With a laptop and any instruments that were to hand he would capture, in music, what inspired him in each city around the world; from Texas to Barcelona to Berlin to Copenhagen to Reykjavik and back to the UK in Brighton. In hotel rooms, tour buses, planes, at the end of radio sessions and sound-checks, every opportunity was taken and tracks gradually started to form into an album. A sound was born influenced by works from artists such as Eno, The Doves, NEU!, Sigur Ros and DJ Shadow.
Written, produced and performed by Paul, the album also features contributions from Simon Finley on drums, Will Sergeant on guitar and Pete Wilkinson on Bass. Paul signed to Blow Up Records in April 2007, and the same Summer took his recordings into Studio B, The Premises in Hackney for additional production and mixing with Nick Terry (Klaxons, Simian Mobile Disco). After some heavy-duty valve and analogue processing, the beats got bigger, the sound-scape was widened and the album was complete!