Blow Up Cat. No.s:
BU080, BU075, BU073, BU070, BU068, BU045, BU041
"Immense. Fleming has upped the ante on an already stellar debut" Rough Trade Shops 'Album of the week' & 'Albums of the MONTH'
"Exceptional motorik beats" NME
"A sublimely cinematic blend of kosmische musik, dream pop"
"A wonderfully well rounded and complete album" Louder Than War 'top Albums of 2012 so Far…'
"Like its predecessor, it's impossible to fault" Rock-A-Rolla
BALTIC FLEET is the moniker of multi-instrumentalist and DIY producer Paul Fleming who returned in 2012 with his second album 'Towers' the follow up to the critically acclaimed self-titled debut which was a Rough Trade Shop Record of the Year. 'Towers' appeared in several 2012 End of Year Polls and this April Baltic Fleet was awarded the Liverpool GIT Award 2013, dubbed the 'Scouse Mercury Prize' by The Quietus.
Paul Fleming has brought together like-minded musicians to take Baltic Fleet on the road, and the band have since played around the UK and Europe, shows including Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia, Soundcity, Sheffield Sensoria, Club Paradiso’s annual ‘London Calling’ in Amsterdam, as well as being invited to play at Rough Trade East’s 1st Birthday Celebrations. This year the band were invited to play with Public Service Broadcasting, Hookworms and will be playing the closing night of Liverpool Soundcity 2013.
Whilst on a World Tour playing keyboards for Echo and the Bunnymen Paul began to write what would come to be his 2008 self-titled debut 'Baltic Fleet'. With a laptop and any instruments that were to hand he would capture, in music, what inspired him in each city around the world; from Texas to Barcelona to Berlin to Copenhagen to Reykjavik and back to the UK in Brighton. In hotel rooms, tour buses, planes, at the end of radio sessions and sound-checks, every opportunity was taken and tracks gradually started to form into an album, and a sound was born influenced by works from artists such as Eno, The Doves, NEU!, Sigur Ros and DJ Shadow.
Written, produced and performed by Paul, the album also features contributions from Simon Finley on drums, Will Sergeant on guitar and Pete Wilkinson on Bass. Paul signed to Blow Up Records in April 2007, and the same Summer took his recordings into Studio B, The Premises in Hackney for additional production, mixing and some heavy-duty valve and analogue processing with Nick Terry (Simian Mobile Disco).
The album was released to critical acclaim, and was made an Album of the Year (No 29) for Rough Trade Shops who described it as "A faultless piece of instrumental music that captures the spirit of Eno, NEU! all the way through to modern post-rock and chamber music".
'Towers' is the second album from Baltic Fleet, signifying a departure from the travelling and diarising of life on the road of his debut, and arrives home to the industrial backdrop of North West England. It was written and recorded in a room overlooking the industrial landscape a stone's throw from Spike Island, the scene of another Northern band's finest hour.
The cinematic aspect is still apparent on this second offering but is more direct. Analogue synthesisers intertwined with distant guitars roll over a backdrop of live and electronic drums. Two years in the making, the record captures varied emotions. 'Towers' tells a story of life in between the silos of Liverpool and Manchester but with a foot in both, a cultural no-man's land, in the shadows of industry.
'Towers' was written and produced by Paul Fleming, with additional recording at Parr St Studio, Liverpool, and mixed by Nick Terry at Malabar Studios, Oslo.