Nic Paton | The Middle of it All

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The Middle of it All

by Nic Paton

Acoustically wrought and electronically rendered, these tales of the hinterland are expressed via a new DigiFolk sensibility.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Bide My Time
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2. The Sweet Bye and Bye
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3. The Middle of it All
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4. Never Enough
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5. Space in the World
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6. Hold My Breath
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7. How Far You've Come
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8. Count
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9. Midday Moon
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10. Only There When You Gone
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11. Exile At The Core
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
There comes in most of our lives when we start breaking up at the seams and reforming into middle age, simply accepting all we are. Others, however, decide to release an album of music.

Songwriter Nic Paton is one of these, and he has sensibly jumped into the world with his first full-scale production , "The Middle of it All."

Says Nic: "All the pressures of survival, parenthood, the new cold war, homeownership, aging, technological meltdown and spiritual crisis somehow conspired to push out a body of work."

Less than a month after September 11th 2001, he had sat bolted to a desk belonging to the world's largest bank, when suddenly a voice last heard almost a decade earlier whispered in his ear.

He explains: "I put a trace on the stream of ideas and committed them to words. I knew almost immediately - this was the Muse. The second coming of something I had considered gone. This, for me, was the rebirth of song".

For Nic this has clearly been an invigorating experience: "Its now 3 1/2 years later; and I'm ready. I've spent a lifetime criticising myself, finding reasons to abort, excuse or cancel. But now, I like what I have done. So however imperfect, here it is".

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Ruzl

celebration of paradox
Gritty. Soulful. Yearning. A refreshing celebration of paradox in a too often either/or binary world. Nic Paton’s certainly swimming upstream here - expressing both the urge to believe and the need to jam it - and sounds like a man comfortable in his skin yet intent on exploring the cracks and edges. Each listen reveals hidden depths and textures and the overall impression is of an artist staying true to his vision. Merging blips and loops with acoustic instruments to form a rich soundspace for his songs, the result is a debut that leaves me curious as to where he heads next. Favourite tracks include the opener Bide my Time, Count and Only There When You’re Gone. The lyrics to Never Enough give me chills. In short a great antidote to the digital malaise that rewards the attentive listener.
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Andy Carlisle

meaningful lyrics and haunting melodies
Eclectic is a word often used but rarely meant/understood when referring to music, so I won't use it here. Nic manages to combine meaningful lyrics and haunting melodies which linger in the conciousness. Even though it departs
from the mainstream, Nic's music has earned a place in my collection (even though my favourite track resides on the cutting-room floor!).
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Alex Masters, London

a meal to be savoured - this is no McDonalds
A rich smooth sound, with hints of Talk Talk. Shades of a Midnight Oil atmosphere but enriched with a variation of rhythm. The odd hint of salsa and a township riff garnish, this is a meal to be savoured, a full 3 courses - this is no McDonalds.
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Alex Masters

this is a meal to be savoured, this is no McDonalds.
A rich smooth sound, with hints of Talk Talk. Shades of a Midnight Oil atmosphere but enriched with a variation of rhythm. The odd hint of salsa and a township riff garnish, this is a meal to be savoured, a full 3 courses - this is no McDonalds.
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