"My first real solo album" is how the former Barenaked Ladies founder Steven Page describes the aptly tltled Page One (October 19, Rounder/Zoe), his first project since splitting with the Ladies in 2009. Co-produced with John Fields and featuring co-writes with longtime collaborator Stephen Duffy, the new album was also, says Page, "insanely fun, creative, and shockingly stress-free." He describes the dozen songs as "a genre hopping tribute to the music I love, the music I grew up with" including "the grand orchestration of 'A New Shore,' to the folky 'Clifton Springs,' to the big band jazz of 'Leave Her Alone,' and the straight-up rock of 'Marry Me' and the electronic pop of 'Entourage' and 'Queen of America.'"
"The influences are all over the map, as they always have been," says Page, "and here you’ll get tastes of everything from power-pop to big-band jazz to disco, electropop and folk." Lead single "Indecision", a chewy wad of 80's styled, rambunctious new wave, a song self-described as "a melding of Jobim-style Brazilian pop and classic Steven Page power-pop." Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas pounds the skins as Canadian singer Esthero pipes amidst the galloping guitar riffs and soaring refrain.
Steven Page - "Indecision" (from the album Page One -- and available digitally now)
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Photos: David Bergman