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 and a Mercury Prize nomination, 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, 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.”
In 2020, Butler’s work earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album on The Teskey Brothers’ Run Home Slow, along with a nomination for Best Folk Album for Andrew Bird’s My Finest Work Yet, both of which Butler Produced and Mixed. Upcoming releases include LPs from Swedish indie songstress Anna Leone and another collaboration with genre-bending artist Nick Waterhouse.
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