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Ashley Paul’s new album a “cathartic outpouring” of motherhood

The vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and improvisor releases Lost In Shadows in February. Listen to “Night Howl” from the album

London based US musician Ashley Paul is set to release a new record on Slip next year. Titled Lost In Shadows, the album promises a personal unearthing of the experience of early motherhood, and follows on from previous albums Slow Boat, Line The Clouds and 2014’s Heat Source.

The LP was recorded over three weeks during a residency at FUGA in Zaragoza in Spain in December 2016 – it’s described by Paul as “a cathartic outpouring”, and is the first thing she has written since the birth of her daughter 11 months ago. The record is influenced, she says, by “hours spent awake at night in a dreamlike state of half consciousness, darkness and solitude”.

Paul plays guitar, saxophone, clarinet, voice and percussion on the record, alongside an ensemble of Manel Arocas Roca on tuba, Justo Bagüeste on baritone saxophone, Angela García Marcos and Dolores Miravete on cello, plus Helena Cánovas Parés, Santiago Latorre and John Bence on percussion. Lost In Shadows will be released on LP with download in February 2018, with artwork by Gayle Paul and mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi. Listen to “Night Howl” below: