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DIY Discovery | Super 8

This singer-songwriter and one-man band offers mellow gold with a British twist.

Most of the music I hear is sent to me by labels and publicists. But there’s nothing like getting it straight from the source. Welcome to today’s instalment of DIY Discovery, where I introduce you to artists who have sent me their music directly (and who don’t suck — that’s definitely part of the deal too). If you’d like to get in on this action, no problemo: Just click here, fill out the form and hit send. Or email me directly. I can’t promise I’ll feature you, but if you’re as awesome as you think you are, it could happen. You never know. But first, check out the superior artist below:

NAME: Super 8


LATEST RELEASE: Hi Lo is his most recent album — the one-man band’s third homemade release this year — but he also has a new holiday single titled It’ll Soon Be Christmas.

MY PITHY DESCRIPTION: Mellow gold with an English twist.

FIVE ADJECTIVES FOR HIS MUSIC: Sincere, authentic, organic, clever, engaging.

WHO HE SOUNDS LIKE: All the classic ’60s and ’70s tunesmiths he lists below, along with another one (in my opinion, anyway) that he missed: Beck at his least contrived and most real.

IN HIS OWN WORDS: “The name’s Paul, Paul Ryan, but most folks refer to me just as ‘TRIP’ (I used to fall over a lot when I was younger and it stuck!) I’m a self-taught multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter going under the ‘band’ name SUPER 8. I spend my time composing, performing, recording & producing original music at home. My influences are varied but, in particular, I’m a big fan of songwriters such as: Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon, etc. Having grown up in the North West of England during the ’80s/’90s I was/still am also somewhat influenced by the local bands from this era such as: The La’s; The Stone Roses; The Charlatans; etc. Happy Daze ….. “