Newcastle’s own alt-country singer-songwriter, Paul Broadhead, is back with his latest single, ‘Face Upon A Wall (Vo Thi Sau)’. The single’s narrative is that of a young Vietnamese woman who fought for freedom and, inevitably, met her death.
‘Face Upon A Wall (Vo Thi Sau)’ is Paul Broadhead’s third independent single release following ‘Katie Cubed’ and ‘Counting On You,’ and is backed by the B-Side, ‘The One That Stayed.’ The A-Side was recorded, mixed and mastered by Graham Testo at his Attic Studio in Newcastle.
If you’ve listened to Paul before then you’ll know that he’s renowned for his hauntingly deep vocals mixed in with some country instrumental kicks – creating an overall sombre tune to listen to.
‘Face Upon A Wall (Vo Thi Sau)’ feels rather different from general country music: Paul has crafted the very tone of a country song, but it’s his deep, encompassing lyrics that make the single extraordinary – these lyrics offer a twist compared to clinical country music. And it’s the lyrical aspect that I find truly remarkable about Paul’s songwriting.
When asked about the song’s storytelling, Paul said: “The song tells the tale of a young female Vietnamese freedom fighter who was illegally executed for fighting against French oppression in the Colonial Wars. She became a symbol of Vietnam’s resistance in the face of oppression and to this day remains a martyr and heroine to the people of Vietnam.”
To listen to the new track by Newcastle’s Paul Broadhead head to paulbroadhead.bandcamp.com now.