From the recording To All the Sailors We've Lost
Nomadic indie rock project Paper Anthem releases second single ‘21st Season,’ from upcoming sophomore album entitled To All the Sailors We’ve Lost (out 13 September 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.