Pauline Murray helped spearhead punk in this country, working with first wave heroes Penetration.
Later working with 80s avant pop ensemble the Invisible Girls alongside maverick production talent Martin Hannett, her storied CV contains some absolute jewels.
New solo album 'Elemental' - her third to date - is out on September 25th (order LINK), following work in France, and Newcastle's Polestar Studios.
The record continues her ongoing partnership with Robert Blamire, and it's led by new song 'Secrets'.
She comments: “It was mixed to a cassette and left in a box for years. When we were recording the new album, we remembered this track, found the cassette but couldn’t find the original master tape. All the parts were there, and it sounded really good, but the recording was unusable.”
“We decided to re-record it and tried to replicate the original arrangements, keyboard parts and sounds whilst maintaining the original atmosphere. It’s amazing that something hidden away for so long can assert itself fully into the here and now. Like a secret being revealed.”
Pauline adds: “Lyrically, it’s about the pressure to conform to social perceptions and expectations, having to rely on body language and energy exchange to see what’s really going on.”
Musically stark while portraying an intoxicating sense of intensity, 'Secrets' comes with a video that finds Pauline literally applying her camouflage.
The songwriter tells Clash: “The idea for the video ties in with my four paintings featured on the album sleeve. It reflects the lyrics - I’m putting on a face to hide. A single camera was set up in a dark room lit only with a make-up mirror.”
“I mixed the paints beforehand and did the face painting in a single take. The Volvo footage was shot around the same time that the song was written. We only found it recently whilst digitising some old VHS tapes. The performance video was shot earlier this year at Polestar Studios. Rob (Blamire) edited it all together.”
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