Zero

Paper Anthem

Nomadic indie rock project Paper Anthem releases third single ‘Zero,’ from upcoming sophomore album entitled To All the Sailors We’ve Lost (out 14 June on Sophrosyne Sounds). Following the overwhelming, drowning 'Aquatic' and the urgent time-travel epic '21st Season', singer-songwriter Joseph Hitchcock introduces an imagistic, mysterious, mesmerizingly poetic track with 'Zero.'

"I've never been in one, but I have a strong fear of terrorist attacks and disasters," Hitchcock explains. "The idea that it could happen to anybody—randomly—really freaks me out. This song is about going to work on the wrong day and the experience of passing into the afterlife."

Recorded along with ‘Aquatic’ and '21st Season' at Donut Time Audio—the home studio of Bay Area art rockers Everyone Is Dirty, who lend their producer/guitarist Christopher Daddio’s many talents to the impassioned track—and mixed by Kristofer Harris (Belle and Sebastian, Clock Opera), ‘Zero’ contrasts its almost eerie verses—merging lyrics of being 'still' and 'weary' with an unsettling reversed-vocal effect reminiscent of The Toadies' 'Possum Kingdom'—with a massive, soaring chorus that takes you away from all of it.
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21st Season

Paper Anthem

Nomadic indie rock project Paper Anthem releases second single ‘21st Season,’ from upcoming sophomore album entitled To All the Sailors We’ve Lost (out 14 June on Sophrosyne Sounds). Following the success of the LP’s single ‘Aquatic,’ a debut which was drowning in reverberated electric guitars and dark piano, singer-songwriter Joseph Hitchcock introduces a more eloquent flavor in ‘21st Season’ with warm acoustic guitars and an urgent drum pattern blanketed with stirring, dramatically delivered lyrics.

“[It’s] sort of an adaptation of an unproduced script I wrote,” Hitchcock explains. “It’s about a man who begins to involuntarily time travel after a storm in the Bermuda Triangle. He pops in and out of random time periods. In one of them, he thinks it’s over and has time to start a family and have children, and then he’s taken away from them again... He’s just trying to find a way back to his son.”

Recorded along with ‘Aquatic’ at Donut Time Audio—the home studio of Bay Area art rockers Everyone Is Dirty, who lend their producer/guitarist Christopher Daddio’s many talents to the impassioned track—and mixed by Kristofer Harris (Belle and Sebastian, Clock Opera), ‘21st Season’ builds to a thrilling conclusion with a bridge—partially improvised live in the studio during a crucial take, says Hitchcock—and a final chorus, hopefully reuniting the narrator with his long-lost family before it’s too late.
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Aquatic

Paper Anthem

Nomadic singer-songwriter Joseph Hitchcock debuts lead single ‘Aquatic’, announces new EP entitled To All the Sailors We’ve Lost (out 11 January on Sophrosyne Sounds). The introspective indie rock project, begun by Hitchcock in Fayetteville, Arkansas circa 2014, takes a dark turn with spacey guitars, ominous drumming (on loan from Tony Sales of Bay Area art rockers Everyone Is Dirty), and visceral lyrics, painting a visual of one trapped beneath the waves.

“[Aquatic]’s about a situation I was in years ago where I suspected a partner was cheating on me but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to find out the truth or not,” Hitchcock elaborates. “Water has always represented thinking to me, so the visual of being lost in the ocean depths, sort of perfectly depicted the feeling of being weighed down by too many thoughts.” Production was provided by Christopher Daddio, also of Everyone Is Dirty, whose electric frontwoman Sivan Lioncub provides the haunting string section that opens the track. “They had come through Fayetteville, and I just loved their sound and wanted to see what would happen if Paper Anthem was run through that filter. [Chris] ended up bringing an aggressive, alternative rock quality that was previously lacking.”

The video, directed by Hitchcock, tells the story of a woman with a terminal illness haunted by an aquatic spirit who wants her to join him in the sea. “Though I’ve been involved with indie filmmaking for over a decade, I’d never made a music video,” he explains. “The visuals I see in my head for my songs are so over-the-top that it just seemed too difficult to shoot them on a budget, but I got really lucky here with the help of some great collaborators.”
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