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Puma Blue won widespread critical acclaim with the release of his debut LP ‘In Praise of Shadows’ earlier this year.
Described by NME as “a brief moment of relief for those lost in the darkness” the album found his storytelling at its most
honest and vulnerable to date whilst his production reached new heights, retaining its characteristic bedroom intimacy.
Yet for all the intimacy of his ‘voicemail-ballads’ on record, his songs carry a different resonance in a live setting; a mix of
improvisation, in-the-moment escapism and the collective power of an audience taking his music to new heights. It’s
something the producer & vocalist, real name Jacob Allen, has had a lot of time to reflect on in the last year, the absence
of touring, combined with a move to Atlanta GA, giving him the time and distance to fully appreciate the importance of
the record vs. live dichotomy to the way his work is perceived, experienced and felt.

Today he pays tribute to his band - Harvey Grant (sax, keys, co-production), Cameron Dawson (bass) and Ellis Dupuy
(drums) - with the release of ‘Phone Calls: A Short Film’. Featuring live content, rehearsals, jam sessions and behind-thescenes
footage, ‘Phone Calls’ - which was directed & edited by Allen himself - puts a spotlight on each member’s
contribution to the wider Puma Blue experience, and gives them the opportunity to reflect on their work together
through a series of conversations recorded over the last year spent apart.

The resulting short film captures the spark of four young musicians whose telepathy allows them to become more than
the sum of their parts. Yet it’s about more than just music. This is also about the otherwise unspoken bonds of friendship
that make performing these often introspective songs such a life-affirming experience.
Jacob says, “As beautiful as I could make something on my own, it could never compare to what these beautiful boys
bring to it. Not just because they’re incredible musicians who are really connected to the spirit of music, but it’s more that
live music is such an untameable thing. It’s such a deeper spectrum.”

The release of ‘Phone Calls’ also marks the announcement of Puma Blue’s biggest tours to date and the release of a
Deluxe Edition of ‘In Praise of Shadows’, due November 5th, the original album boosted by eight live recordings, mostly
taken from rehearsals in early 2021 and two b-sides. With limited opportunities for people to hear the album in a live
setting thus far, this represents an intimate first glimpse at the magic unique to the full band arrangements.
The Deluxe Edition is completed by two new bedroom studio recordings with new single ‘All I Need’ (a Radiohead cover)
perfectly extending the album’s small hours spirit, the raw emotion of Puma Blue’s voice growing in tandem with the
scale of the initially skeletal production, and the previously unreleased ‘Postcard From Toyko’ exploring loneliness with
brutal honesty and a sparse acoustic atmosphere. The Deluxe Edition is available to pre-order here as a digital deluxe
record along with a limited-run standalone bonus ‘B-Sides & Live Versions’ vinyl.

Puma Blue can also now announce details of his first full tours since the album was released. Joined by his live band,
Puma Blue will trek North America this November, before returning to Europe in February 2022. The UK dates include
a homecoming show at the Brixton Electric on March 3rd.
Alle Termine

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