Puma Blue will release his debut full-length In Praise of Shadows on January 29th via Blue Flowers. The forthcoming release described is a delirious dreamland of soulful vocals, D’Angelo-ish guitars and muted electronic beats. Its fourteen tracks are a contemplation on “the balance of light and dark, the painful things you have to heal from or accept, that bring you through to a better place” says the 25-year-old Puma Blue, real name Jacob Allen “It’s about finding light in darkness – and realising that it’s what got me here today.”
Puma Blue was plagued with insomnia, “for literally a decade, I just couldn’t sleep,” says the cult-acclaimed London songwriter/producer. That certainly helps to explain the hazy, late-night “voicemail ballads” of the early EP releases 2017’s Swum Baby and 2018’s Blood Loss.
In Praise of Shadows is an album that reflects on past relationships – “I never learnt to cherish her” Jacob laments on ‘Cherish (furs)’ – to pure love-laden soliloquies such as ‘Already Falling’ or ‘Sheets’, one of the albums most personal moments, which borrows a sample from the score of Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and repurposes it as a lilting love-song that Allen describes as “like a really personal note that you’d leave in the house to be found when you’ve got to head out early.”
In Praise of Shadows
Olive / Letter To ATL
Is It Because
The accompanying video for “Velvet Leaves” draws a parallel between the subject of the song and the greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice, in which Orpheus journeys “through the veil” to rescue Eurydice from the underworld. In a film rich with beautifully crisp cinematography, director Harvey Pearson (Sam Smith, SG Lewis) re-imagines the ancient story with a contemporary twist, casting Jacob as a downcast Orpheus-like character reflecting on a failed attempt to bring his Eurydice (here re-imagined as a sister, played by Mia Gill) back from beyond.
In Praise of Shadows is now available to PRE-ORDER, with ‘Velvet Leaves’ provided as an instant download