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Teddy Thompson (teddythompson.com) is a native Englishman who has adopted New York City as his home; famously the son of singer-songwriters Richard and Linda Thompson, he emigrated to the states more than a decade ago, barely out of his teens, to embark on a career of his own.
Thompson began working on the material for Bella, his fourth album for Verve Forecast (Feb. 8, 2011), after he returned from his last tour. Recorded in New York City and produced by David Kahne (Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney, The Strokes), Bella combines lean rock and roll with lush string arrangements on material that is both disarmingly catchy and often startlingly frank.
Since 2008’s A Piece Of What You Need, which London’s The Guardian called “one of the year’s best,” this has become something of a Thompson trademark, teasing the listener with immediately addictive melodies then pulling the rug out from under them with unsparingly confessional or darkly amusing lyrics.
Thompson agrees: “I felt, as I’ve developed some kind of style, that what I had to offer, that what came naturally, was my sense of humor, my sensibility. It’s very English, very sarcastic, self-deprecating. In one way, that’s just how my songs come out; in another way, that’s my favorite style: a pretty melody with a twist.”
Praise for Teddy Thompson and Bella:
“He’s a craftsman who echoes the folk rock of his parents and the melancholy pop of Crowded House. On Bella, he channels Roy Orbison heartbreak, Lou Christie falsetto, and Righteous Brothers drama with stirring results.” — Entertainment Weekly
“Bella is a flat-out stunner, the work of a completely original songwriter and performer, and one of the young year’s most startlingly eclectic and thoroughly fascinating albums.” — American Songwriter
“Thompson’s fifth album is a winningly charming affair, showcasing his rich voice.” — BBC Music
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Thomas Paul (thomaspaulmusic.com) is adept at a wide variety of musical styles ranging from rock to country to jazz to funk. An in-demand session player, instructor and engaging solo artist, Paul recently released his “intriguing” (Idaho Statesman) second album, Goodbye, Waterloo.