Paul DeHaven has been a fixture of the thriving Denver music scene for over 10 years, well-respected for his time crafting licks and tunes as a founding member of now-defunct folk darlings Paper Bird and high desert psych virtuosos Eye & the Arrow.
On Paul DeHaven’s debut LP, “King of Gold”, he adheres to the DIY aesthetic, recording and playing nearly every instrument himself. On it he explores loss, disappointment, vanity, and a longing to find purpose and connection in a modern world seemingly devoid of these. “It may be more of a generational thing — at least for a lot of the artistic types I know. You know, we’re in our 30s and still living hand-to-mouth and trying to get by — feeling just a little discouraged by the system.”
The song “No Gold” sums it up: “The secret to being a man/Is pretending that you have/something other than a fistful of sand...There is no gold out there”. All of value lies within, and that story is told through rickety drum machines, commanding electric guitar riffs, and Paul’s ever more confident vocals.
The songs from Paul DeHaven's 2016 album, the EP "What Are You Looking For That is Here Only", are built on tasteful and forward guitar playing, his unique songwriting, and his belief that just because it's a solo record, that doesn't mean it has to be boring. "It's not a singer-songwriter record, even though I do both of those things. I think of myself as much as a guitarist and producer as I do a songwriter." The songs range from straight ahead straight ahead folk-rock ("Side of the Road"), fuzzed out dub ("Live Your Life"), to instrumental and found sound soothers ("Postcoital Lullaby").
Look for “King of Gold” wherever you consume digital music.