Paul Claxton – ‘A Fall from Grace’


London-based artist Paul Claxton unveils a charismatic production on the A Fall from Grace EP, channeling a glam-friendly vocal ardency amidst a sweltering fusing of rock and Americana, fond of moody organs and climactic guitar lines. “Don’t you ever talk down to me that way,” the soaring vocals let out on the opening title track, bolstered by hazy organs into a bluesy guitar-laden delectability in the closing sequence. The EP immerses from the get-go with this gem, channeling a no-frills rock ‘n’ roll fervency from the artist, originally from Liverpool.

The subsequent “Wayfaring Stranger” exudes a more folk-driven mystique, with the vocals letting out “I’m going home,” with impassioned spirit between the moments of acoustical contemplation; shades of Led Zeppelin’s more folk-friendly jaunts (“The Battle of Evermore”) come fondly to mind. Moving further, the twangy charm of “Last Night Was a Dream” proves spellbinding in its psych-friendly folk/Americana intertwining, culminating beautifully in the organ-bursting title-touting sequence. “Till the Bitter End” ends the album with ghostly folk qualities, concluding the excellent A Fall from Grace with thoroughly satiating qualities.

“Fall from Grace” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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