Paul Draper: EP One album review
Paul Draper, the man from Mansun, returns in style with Steven Wilson in tow.
It’s over a decade since the mercurial Mansun split. One of those bands who don’t fit into the prog canon’s fixed boundaries, the Chester-formed outfit were very successful (their 1997 debut album Attack Of The Grey Lantern went straight in at No.1 in the UK) but they divided critics, who couldn’t quite work them out. Too skilled and imaginative to be Britpop, but too adept at hooks and choruses to appease furrowed brows, they nevertheless built their own island, where they temporarily thrived.
Rumours of Draper solo material recently drew more attention than the singer/writer/musician/producer anticipated. His well-received collaboration with The Anchoress (Catherine Anne Davies) further encouraged him to re-emerge, as we now get an EP and what KScope declare to be a taster for an album to come. With contributions from both Davies and that present-day Zelig of prog, Steven Wilson, it’s a tantalising glimpse of what could well be a significant step back into the spotlight from a generally under-appreciated talent.