His most recent release is the solo album “Everything is true“, on which he played every instrument and provided all the vocals.
“Dempsey is a gifted observer of the human condition…a truly beautiful collection.” – The Daly Telegraph
Dempsey’s songwriting is superb and unique, it stands apart in an industry full of three-minute lust songs.
“The tally for genius lyrics per second is positively baffling…eleven excellent reasons to acquaint yourself with one of Australia’s finest songwriters.” – Beat said of his latest solo effort
Dempsey is a veracious reader too and the breadth of his literary consumption appears to feed his songwriting; everything from literary classics, 1960’s Sci-Fi from Philip K Dick, to A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin, and The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene.
“For me…a half a dozen words, the rights words, arranged a certain way…when you get one line that manages to posses some sort of insight into an aspect of your life is so satifying.” PD on Face The Music Songwriting Segment with Paul Dempsey presented by The Push
When asked once about the breadth of subjects in his songs he said that he actively avoids writing love songs, that the genre has been done to death so why put just another love song out there. There are so many more interesting things to write about.
once in a lifetime she says
the waking life stitched together in your head
well, what if it’s only worth
the bundle of nerves it’s written on?
and i don’t need these arms anymore
i don’t need this heart now, to love
i don’t need this skin and bones at all
Dempsey is currently in the studio recording Something For Kate’s next album, expected to be released later this year.