Paul Weller had said that his forthcoming album ‘Saturn’s Pattern’ is “one of the best things I’ve done”.
Writing in the new issue of Uncut, the singer-songwriter disclosed that the new record, which is due for release in the spring and consists of nine tracks, was a “defiantly 21st Century” record.
“I think it’s one of the best things I’ve done. And it’s been a pleasure doing it. There’s been no headaches,” he said. “I can’t compare it to any of my other albums. I think it’s different not just for me, but different from what else is around. It’s been pretty quick, really. We did a bit of work before the summer, then I took a break because I was out on the road. We started back in October. It’s taken us a couple of months, maybe.”
The former Jam frontman added that the album is “certainly progressive in the literal sense of the word. It’s defiantly 21st Century music,” and went through the various steps that one track, ‘I’m Where I should Be’, was completed as an example. “Before we quit one night I put down this bass riff and I left it at that. Stan [Jan Kybert, producer] put a beat behind it a few weeks later and we both realised then that it could go somewhere,” he said.
He added: “We built on that, adding some chords and some different instruments and finding different little sections for it. We used Pro-Tool as well. The whole editing on that is fucking brilliant. Some of the possibilities, you couldn’t do it with tape, it would take years to do. But I think we used that to capacity, in a good way. So we just tried different sections then inserted them into the song, just built the arrangement up and then put a melody on it and the lyrics.”
Weller also divulged that he’s got two notepads worth of lyrics and ideas and words for the record. “Most of them won’t get further than the page. But I dip in and out of it. Almost like a cut-up thing but different, just picking things out. There’s always a paragraph or a couplet or whatever it may be. It’s all just trial and error. But at the moment, it fires me up more than traditional songwriting.”
Last month, Weller announced details of a 2015 tour which will see him towns and cities “often missed” by artists on tour in the UK. The Mod icon additionally revealed that he is looking to record new music with both Boy George and Johnny Marr and also contributed the song ‘Let Me In’ to Olly Murs’ new album, which went to Number One in the Official UK Album Chart.
Paul Weller will play:
Plymouth Pavilions (March 5)
Swindon Oasis (6)
Portsmouth Guildhall (7)
Watford Colosseum (9)
Warwick Arts Centre (10)
Stoke Victoria Hall (12)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (13)
Southend Cliffs Pavilion (14)
Blackburn King George’s Hall (16)
Scunthorpe Baths Hall (17)
Halifax Victoria Theatre (18)
York Barbican (20)
Carlisle Sands Centre (21)
Edinburgh Playhouse (22)