Paul Melancon

Paul Melancon

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Moody indie-pop, somewhere between Neil Finn/Michael Penn and Elliott Smith/New Pornographers.

Biography

Paul Melançon plays music. He writes depressing songs that sound upbeat, and upbeat songs that sound depressing. He has been graced with an unusually gifted voice, and a knack for writing well-crafted pop songs with disturbed and defective characters hidden inside. His tools are the bittersweet melody, lyrical depth, and sardonic wit found in fellow artists such as Michael Penn, Neil Finn and Elvis Costello. When whipped into a frenzy, he can shake and pop like a drunk Nick Lowe.

He's released three critically acclaimed CDs: Two solo (Slumberland on M Records and Camera Obscura on Daemon Records) and one with the Arts and Sciences (Hopeful Monsters, also on Daemon). He's toured with the Indigo Girls, played International Pop Overthrow (LA, Boston and Atlanta) and appeared at SXSW.

He feels really strange writing about himself in the third person.

Lyrics

Fluoxetine

Written By: Paul Melancon

Here's my companion
Ageless and old, hovering behind
It's in the house but
in some other room that I never find
Too numb to see through its simple disguise

Something is moving
Another dark thought that it will surround
It might mean release but
I'm miles away when it comes around
combing through pieces that I don't recognise

And all that I want
is to leave all the big questions open
So take my unknowns
and buy all that somehow could be owned
with patents on my mixed emotions

What gets to me is
what if it's all I'll ever be again
A dose of defenses
A daily dissolve of anything within
A chemical facade for anything I might devise

And all that I want
is to leave all the big questions open
So take my unknowns
and patent all my mixed emotions
And all that I want
is to somehow feel something forever
But all I know is that I don't
I can't even write what I'm feeling
I can't even write what I'm feeling
I can't even write, I'm not feeling

Discography

Hopeful Monsters (2005 - Daemon Records)
Camera Obscura (2002 - Daemon Records)
Slumberland (2000 - M Records)