1. Zero

From the recording To All the Sailors We've Lost

Nomadic indie rock project Paper Anthem releases third single ‘Zero,’ from upcoming sophomore album entitled To All the Sailors We’ve Lost (out 13 September 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.