Wednesday, October 5, 2011

UK Electronic Rock Act Paris And The Hiltons Releases First Single "A Pervading Of Wisteria"

Phil Jourdan of Paris and the Hiltons announced the release of his new single, "A Pervading of Wisteria" from the LP, "Reading Journals, Part One: Puzzles of Ithaca." "Reading Journals" is being released in three stages, and upon completion will boast 22 tracks. The first installment, "Reading Journals, Part One: Puzzles of Ithaca" features 7 songs that are based loosely on William Faulkner's book Absalom, Absalom.

Jourdan commented, "It's one of our favorite tracks on the album. The lyrics come straight from the novel on which we've based most of the songs, Absalom Absalom. There's a chapter where an old lady talks about her youth and her repressed sexuality, and I thought it would be interesting to find a soundtrack for that chapter. Sam's composition is great, and the novel is great, so the whole thing works well."

"A Pervading of Wisteria" is available for purchase at

The mostly instrumental track begins with a beautiful piano introduction, which is quickly joined by a jazzy percussion rhythm, bass, drums, organ, and the glockenspiel, which provide an interesting backdrop for the use of spoken word along with harmonic singing. "A Pervading Of Wisteria" is a very upbeat mid-tempo song, which is pleasantly original and instantly likeable. Music lovers of any genre will be able to appreciate its uniqueness.

Phil Jourdan formed the electronic-rock solo act Paris and the Hiltons in 2007, and has officially released three albums since that time. "Prettyface Tinybruise," a record of how he dealt with his mother's death in 2009, was released in March 2011. "Fracture and Slice" followed in June 2011, and "Reading Journals, Part One: Puzzles of Ithaca," the third and most recent album, was just released. Jourdan, who began playing the guitar and bass in high school, is also a singer and songwriter. Fellow band member Sam Folkes from the electronic-cabaret rock group Dawn of the Gecko is featured on piano on "Reading Journals, Part One: Puzzles of Ithaca" as well as the two prior albums. Jourdan insists, however, that the two acts are quite different. "Paris and the Hiltons isn't about making funny music. Sometimes it sounds that way, because either the songs have silly lyrics or the music is silly. But it's a much more serious project. Paris and the Hiltons is kind of depressing sometimes. Other times it's moronic. I wouldn't call Dawn of the Gecko moronic — just good fun."

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