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Debut EP, title TBD - April 2006

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“I’ve been playing and writing songs just about forever, and I’ve learned to trust my gut,” says Arlington, Virginia musician Paul Kamran. “The best songs seem to come when you’re just letting them flow and not worrying about how people are going to receive them.” Kamran’s gut has led him to a brand of smart, edgy music that draws introspective alt.country twang, soaring rock hooks, and lush synthetic atmosphere together into a radio-friendly, memorable fusion. As he prepares to release his first solo recording in early 2006, a growing audience is taking note.

Since fronting the college-rock outfit otis wants bread in the mid-1990s, and sharing the stage with the likes of the Pat McGee Band and Seven Mary Three, Kamran has taken his music in directions that are more personal and intense. “otis’ music was really made for dancing and singing along, entertaining a crowd… but the solo experience has been more about the quality of the songs themselves,” he says. “I’ve set out to really bring acoustic and electronic elements into balance – I see that as kind of the great frontier of pop music.”

The songs on the new EP highlight the emotional range this balance can evoke, from the glowing love story of “Pure” to the world-weary disillusionment of “Outlaw”. Save for Seth Brown’s drumming, Kamran plays all the instruments on Constellations, creating arrangements that include layers of guitars, synthesizers, pianos, loops – and even a viola and electric kazoo – but all the while remaining true to his highly melodic, song-first aesthetic.

Even so, he balks at being called a ‘singer-songwriter’. “To me, that label has always referred to musicians in the Dylan school, where the lyrics carry the weight and the music is just a vessel. My idols are more like Paul McCartney and Neil Finn [of Crowded House] – guys who write songs where the music and the feeling it evokes are more important than a clever turn of phrase.” The two constants are a warm, expressive voice and an acoustic guitar that wends its way among the drum machines, synthesizers, and stacks of amplifiers, whether performing solo or with his live band (which includes Brown, guitarist Matthew Connolly, and bassist/vocalist Cate Meyers). As the popular Washington, DC blogger The DCeiver puts it, “Kamran has a sound that cuts between analog and digital, that distinguishes itself from the usual coffeehouse natterings without lapsing into didacticism or Dido-ism.”