If ELO, Devendra Banhart, Postal Service and Bob Marley were placed into an orbiting centrifuge and blended into The White Album, it might sound a little like this: R U With Me, Paul Avion’s first nationally released full –length album on December 7th, showcasing his mercurial energy that spans musical topography as well as geography, with just a twist of revolution.
Moving from New Orleans to L.A., to Paris, to the slums of Africa…2010 was perhaps Avion’s most unexpected year. Besides making his “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Pretty In Pink” style music, his ongoing fight to raise awareness for the atrocities by “Joseph Kony” shows Paul’s drive.
Reporting from the African slums for SPIN Earth, Avion lived and worked at a school for disabled children in Kenya’s largest slum. The result was the video series, “Avion in Africa,”.
In 2009, SPIN.com named Paul Avion second in its “8 Undiscovered Bands Worth a Listen,” but if Avion hasn’t been better known until now, it’s probably because his life reads like a restless diary.
Moving from his hometown of New Orleans to L.A.‘s Silver Lake music scene in 2005, he recorded a number of songs, for instance “Menage a Trois” in varying styles with fellow New Orleans native Ben Mumphrey (producer of Frank Black’s Devil’s Workshop and the Breeders’ Mountain Battles).
Hear and see the talents of Paul Avion for yourself – we’re hooked on his drive to deliver people soundtracks to their lives, as well as awareness and compassion for their less fortunate neighbors.
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