When you are listening to the Story of the Safe House, you have the feeling of being part of a privileged few, because we know we have here the first solo album of a musician who will be one the greatest, a rare bird among songwriters.
His first solo album, after three released albums with The Hoax, is a range of different music styles he loves. Story of the Safe House is in fact composed from various atmospheres, from jazz (Ballad of the Sad Young Man), impressionist music (The Moon Caught in a Tree), to pop (Could you be trusted) and even ska (Magpie), a music genre takes its origin in Jamaica in the late 1950s, and was the precursor to rocksteady and reggae. For four years while composing his album in his furnished-room flat, he was considered as a real magician in the way he succeeded in putting heterogeneity in something which eventually sounded homogeneous.
A rare bird among songwriters.
Hugh Coltman has been living in Paris for eight years. His grandmother has lived there for three years too, and she often talked to him about the Parisian way of life. When his first band, The Hoaks, a blues band in a Stevie Ray Vaughn style, was split up in 1999, he didn’t want to come back to Devizes, his native village near Bristol, and London appeared inaccessible. That’s the reason why he chose Paris, and each year he finds a good reason to stay there. French people are proud to have been adopted by him.
After a great tour of France during these past months, he performed again for a memorable astounding show on the stage of the theatre “La Cigale” in Paris (Pigalle) in November last year.
Hugh Coltman’s Story of the Safe House is out now on Universal Music: visit his official site for more details and a reprise of Michael Jackson’s The Girl is Mine with Kristle Warren.