Title: Galen & Paul – Can We Do Tomorrow Another Day? Format: coloure vinyl Label: Sony Cat Num: Barcode: 196587812911
Release date: May 19th 2023
‘Can We Do Tomorrow Another Day?’ is the debut project from Paul Simonon, of The Clash, Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad and The Queen; and Galen Ayers, singer-songwriter who amongst other artistic projects released the rightly acclaimed solo album ‘Monument’.
The roots of the album began in lockdown as Simonon relocated to a remote Mallorcan fishing village, where he spent his time, painting, and writing songs. Over an 18-month period he worked with local musicians, playing and busking in the streets of Palma. When he finally headed back to London, he further developed his ideas with his friend Ayers, with both bonding over a shared love of sparse, evocative song-writing. What emerged is a collection of ten uplifting songs which collectively present a snapshot of pan-European music culture. Led by Ayers’ gorgeous voice as she duets playfully with Simonon, both bilingually singing in English and Spanish, the resulting album journeys across the continent, influenced by French chansons, Spanish pop and English sea shanties; evoking scenes stretching from Edgware Road to Hydra Island; and painting pictures of everything from elegant Parisian cafes to drunken tourists in Magaluf and the ghosttown chill of an out-of-season holiday destination. ‘Can We Do Tomorrow Another Day?’ features an array of top tier talent. Produced by the legendary Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex, Sparks) with a band made up of Simon Tong (The Verve, The Good, The Bad and The Queen), Sebastian Rochford (Polar Bear, David Byrne, Patti Smith) and Dan Donovan (Big Audio Dynamite), with Damon Albarn playing on melodica on a number of tracks.