Paul Butler is always looking forward, respectfully looking back. NME calls Butler, who hails from the Isle of Wight, “a maker of some damn fine albums.” He recorded Sunshine Hit Me, the 2002 debut his psych rock band The Bees, in his garden shed. After widespread acclaim andMercury Prizenomination, he did their second record, Free The Bees, at Abbey Road.
In his recordings with the Bees, Devendra Banhart, and Michael Kiwanuka, Butler has honed in on a sunny, open, and downright joyous production style. On Kiwanuka’s Home Again, from 2012, Butler delicately captures 1970s soul — a Sound on Sound profile on the Home Again sessions declared that Butler had “perfected a colourful, idiosyncratic, retro-modernist sound.”
Fresh off recording and mixing a record for The Teskey Brothers, 2019 sees Butler releasing productions for two of the most widely respected players in contemporary rock — Andrew Bird on My Finest Work Yet and Nick Waterhouse on his self-titled LP4.
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