|Releases New Album Clockdust
Shares Video For “Kinky Living” – Watch HERE
|Photo credit: Lawrence Watson
Praise for Rustin Man & Clockdust:
Today, Rustin Man aka Paul Webb releases his new album, Clockdust, and shares the video for new track “Kinky Living”.
Idiosyncratic and quietly haunting, Clockdust is seeped in sepia-tinted nostalgia, “a powerful force of nature,” Webb states, “up there with love and desire.” It is Webb’s second album in a two-year period, following a 17-year gap between solo releases. The album blurs the boundaries between past and present, with some songs like “Kinky Living” revealing faint echoes as far back as the world of the 1940s.
The video for “Kinky Living”, directed by Edwin Burdis, is the second part in Burdis’ video suite The Evening Rooms, following the video for previous Rustin Man single, “Jackie’s Room”.
“Kinky Living”, like several other songs on Clockdust, finds some of its inspiration in cinema—in this case, Cabaret and La Vie En Rose.
“I recorded and wrote like a filmmaker,” Webb says. “My backing tracks created a backdrop, and I wrote my lyrics like a filmmaker writes dialog. Finally, I found suitable characters for my voice. I don’t find the subjects to sing about. They find me.”
Having waited 17 years for 2019’s Drift Code, some may be surprised at Clockdust’s swift arrival, but the album’s roots can be found in the same extended sessions.
“Early on I realised I had two albums worth of material,” Webb explains. “The first tunes I wrote were electric guitar based, with long arrangements that built up in layers to something sonically quite dense. These became the bulk of Drift Code. As a reaction, I wrote a batch of songs that were tighter in their structure but had more feeling of space. These make up the bulk of Clockdust.”
Once he’d identified each song’s greater role, Webb took pains to ensure the albums would stand alone. “Through the year of mixing and releasing Drift Code,” he continues, “I made a conscious effort not to listen to Clockdust. It became some long-lost twin everybody had forgotten. There was an older, wiser atmosphere to it, more cinematic, but in a romantic way”.
In November 2020, Rustin Man will play three special live dates in the EU and UK. These are Webb’s first live dates since 2003, when he and Beth Gibbons performed their collaborative album Out of Season, and the first ever live dates in his Rustin Man guise. For the November dates, Webb will be joined by five other players. Find dates & tickets at www.rustinman.com.
Clockdust is available to buy on deluxe LP (with signed print), LP, CD, and digitally.