St. Paul & The Broken Bones Detail New Album ‘Angels In Science Fiction’ & Share Single

Watch the music video for lead single “Sea Star.”

By Nate Todd Feb 7, 2023 11:41 am PST

St. Paul and The Broken Bones will issue a new album, Angels in Science Fiction, on April 21 via ATO Records. The Alabama soul outfit led by frontman Paul Janeway also shared the single, “Sea Star.”

The follow-up to 2022’s critically-acclaimed The Alien Coast, St. Paul and The Broken Bones captured Angels In Science Fiction at the renowned Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis. Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, John Prine) produced the record.

Paul Janeway wrote the material on Angels In Science Fiction over the course of a few weeks as open letters to his daughter after finding out his wife was pregnant.

“A few people told me it would be a good idea to write letters to my yet-to-be-born daughter before she arrived into the world,” Janeway said of the writing process. “That is what Angels in Science Fiction is. Themes throughout the album are faith, nature vs nurture, anxiety and beauty. This is a record I would have written whether I did this for a living or not. I don’t know if those records come along all the time.”

Janeway also detailed the lead single, “Sea Star.”

“‘Sea Star’ comes from a story told to me when I was young. The story goes that there was a man on the seashore, picking up starfish that had washed up and throwing them back into the sea.

A person walked by and said, ‘Sir, you’re not going to make a dent in this. It’s not possible.’ The man chucked a starfish into the ocean and said, ‘I made a difference for that one.’ Then picked up another one, threw it into the ocean and again said, ‘I made a difference for that one.’

I think about that story a lot in my own life, and I hope that the moral is one that I teach my child: ‘Try your best to make a difference, starting with the people that are around you.’ My daughter is a strong tide that has pulled me back in. Having a child can give people a feeling of redemption, and a renewed sense of purpose—especially when they’re feeling lost and empty. That theme found its way into ‘Sea Star.’”

“Sea Star” arrived with a music video by Gus Black. Watch below:

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Angels In Science Fiction Tracklist:

  1. Chelsea
  2. City Federal Building
  3. Magnolia Trees
  4. Sea Star
  5. Heat Lightning
  6. Angels in Science Fiction
  7. Wolf in Rabbit Clothes
  8. South Dakota
  9. Oporto-Madrid Blvd
  10. Lonely Love Song
  11. Easter Bunny
  12. Marigold
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