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Paul Slavens

”Alphabet Girls, Vol. II” by Paul Slavens (June 24, State Fair Records) is the crystallization and distillation of the Nebraska born, Denton, TX-based artist’s long, varied, and accomplished career, complete with all of the requisite breakthroughs and disappointments.

On record, Slavens’s endurance is a listener’s treat. “Alphabet Girls, Vol. II” plays like the product of a “been everywhere, seen everything” guru-type somehow fitting all of his experience and education onto five lines of musical staff like some kind of trippy Tetris.

Funny, but serious. Jazz, but pop. Quirky, but grounded. “Alphabet Girls, Vol. II” (the title isn’t a red herring, the “girls” of “Vol. I” showed up twelve years ago) is all of these things and more.

But not.

“My goal was to make beautiful sounds,” Slavens said. “I am not too impressed with my singing or my playing. I am most interested in the compositions. That’s number one. I do not feel like I am a ‘songwriter,’ but rather a composer who sometimes works in song.”

A songwriter, but not.

Some other artists and their eras that Slavens names as touchstones include Burt Bacharach, early Kate Bush (“I always thought that she approached her music as a composer”), and later Scott Walker (“I love his unconventional use of orchestra”), adding, “I can’t downplay the influence that Chopin had on me.”

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“Paul Slavens is undoubtedly one of North Texas’ most notable and accomplished musicians.” — Dallas Observer
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