On a steadfast role of dishing out a blend of electronic bliss and the cool breeze of chill, Austin native John Andrew Paris, a.k.a. Paris Music Corp. presents his latest single ‘Here It Is’, a deep soul-tinged fluid fantasy-inspired offering from his recently-released self-titled album.
“The pandemic was at its worst and the George Floyd protests were hitting hard. I’m a person who is at his best when things are at their worst so I got busy,” explains Paris.
This single represents a new facet to the 14-track long-player, following up the lead track ‘Light Speed’ and subsequent single ‘Almost Lost’. His first record in half a decade, this collection is a much welcome sonic diary, much welcome since his debut ‘Rewind’ album was released in 2017.
John Andrew Paris has spent decades creating music and collaborating with numerous artists across the Austin music scene, including Arthur Brown (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, perhaps best known for his hit single ‘Fire’), as well as DJ Rev Kathy Russell, DJ Lucas Ray, Catastrophe Ballet, Le Reve, Life’s Eyes, Beast of Eden, OBOYO and Don Wigwam.
Influenced by the likes of Mick Karn, Pink Floyd, Gary Numan, Tim Hecker, Casino Versus Japan and Miles Davis, John Andrew Paris has also scored 2 independent films – the historical documentary ‘Andy Paris: Bubble Gum King’, also released as an album, and the short horror film ‘Spectral Wind’. He has also created a clever electronic rework of ‘Lord of the Dance’ for the Austin Christmas Collection Album.
“I wrote, recorded, and mastered this album in my home studio in Austin. While I have since relocated to Brownsville, this IS an Austin, TX record,” says John Andrew Paris.
“Most of it was conceived during the pandemic. Some pieces pre-dated the pandemic in an embryonic state, but 2020 is when I got down to the business of getting those early pieces completed and the new ones written. My inspiration for these pieces is that you never really know when you will pass on so you best be doing your greatest now.”
Cinematic and ethereal, Paris Music Corp. music is ambient and spacey electronica. Often with elements of 80’s darkwave and ambient soundscapes, his trademark sound includes heavily processed guitar and bass instruments locked into layered loops and further manipulated using software. Also employing live hand percussion, these dense soundscapes take the listener on a sonic journey to otherworldly places.
1. The Original Orb
2. Almost Lost
3. Spiral Arms
4. Light Speed
5. New Blue Norther
6. Witch Harvest
12. Here It Is
14. What Language(…are you speaking?)
Photos by Jennifer Paris
“A confident slice of ambient keyboard creativity” ~ Big Takeover Magazine
“An enchanting, mainly uplifting collection of tracks that flow together well and are full of chill to invigorating atmospheres. Original and unique, this ‘Paris Music Corp.’ album creates a universe of its own – one that we definitely urge you to experience for yourself” ~ Amplify Music Magazine
“Gentle and beguiling, yet creative, forward-thinking and adventurous” ~ The Swindonian
“Weaves a cinematic realm to immerse within but equally a corporeal catchiness… With a Mick Karn meets Gary Numan hue to the darker edge of its ethereal suggestion” ~ Ringmaster Review