Paul Dempsey is an Australian singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist known to most as the frontman of revered Australian band, Something for Kate. In 2016 Paul released his 2nd solo album, ‘Strange Loop’. Recorded at Wilco’s Loft Studios in Chicago with producer Tom Schick (Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainright, Sonic Youth) Paul also played all instruments on the album. ‘Strange Loop’ was released in May of 2016 and debuted at No. 5 on the ARIA chart.
It’s an eclectic yet incisive collection that encloses surreptitious dry wit, the irregularity of the everyday, and the pathos of longing in a mix of magic hour melodies, striking instrumentation, and tenderly charged vocals.
‘Strange Loop’ contains compelling pocket universes, at once uniquely identifiable as one of our great artists at work, but also indicative of fresh forms. It’s a dazzlingly intimate record, alive to the very pleasure of being alive.
‘Dempsey clearly had fun writing these songs..the gorgeous Idiot Oracle, the sweet Nobody’s Trying to Tell Me Something…Its an album full of surprises – and 2 decades after he started releasing music,it proves that Dempsey still has inspiration to spare‘ – Rolling Stone – 4 stars
Bloody brilliant – The West Australian – 4.5 stars
Paul Dempsey’s finest hour…Strange Loop sounds like the love child of Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Ryan Adams & Wilco – quite a musical orgy… – Saturday Telegraph
Sophisticated & thought provoking. Combined with sparse instrumentation, stunning arrangements and a voice that moves effortlessly between gravelly and angelic, it’s a gripping listen. – Music Insight – 9 /10
Paul Dempsey retains his place as one of Australia’s best songwriters….immediately pleasing, but never predictable. It seems like Dempsey never takes the easy option when writing songs and it means that the songs have an extra kind of depth. – Double J
One of the brightest jewels in Australia’s crown of distinguished composers and lyricists, Paul Dempsey has returned. Strange Loop is a collection of evocative tracks which display clandestine wit…intimate and radiant, Strange Loop is a must listen. – JB Hi-Fi Stack Magazine
Some of Dempsey’s best writing yet. – The AU Review – 9/10
David Bowie famously described Bob Dylan’s voice as “sand and glue”. Paul Dempsey has a similar grit to his throaty roar, which finds a new power in his second solo LP. Opener The True Sea is a staggering and seductive seven minutes, setting the tone for an eclectic road movie of a record. The GPS is set for Springsteen-esque Americana, but detours make for a rich album. – The Weekly Review
Dempsey is a gifted observer of the human condition – The Daily Telegraph
With Paul Dempsey, the tally for genius lyrics per second is positively baffling.. one of Australia’s finest songwriters – Beat Magazine
One of our leading craftsmen of refined acoustic pop – The West Australian
Paul Dempsey is trying to do it all. And he’s winning – Inpress