Paul Kowalski
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Paul Kowalski


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Shadow of a Rat
Painted Red
The Partisan (Cover)



Paul Kowalski was born in London, to nomadic Poles. He grew up on the road in Africa, the Middle East, and across America. Some of his early influences were Nirvana, The Velvet Underground, "The White Album", The Doors, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.

After studying literature at university, Paul returned to Europe. He travelled the continent, taking in a range of European music from Spanish Classical and the guitar transcriptions of Albeniz, to Chopin, Górale (Polish highlanders), and the French chanson tradition of Brel and Brassens.

Settling in London, Kowalski grew frustrated with the Indie and singer-songwriter scenes. He bought a harmonium, then holed himself up writing a new batch of songs, searching for a thread to link the disparate musical and literary voices floating around his head. This gave birth to a new sound, an "Alternative European Rock". Full of guitar drenched in reverb and chorus effect, the stoic drone of harmonium, orchestral percussion and strings, his songs are both melancholic and uplifting, a short history of love and loss, travel and displacement. Paul plays live with James Taylor on drums, and Andy O'Keeffe on harmonium, piano and glockenspiel.