The inspiration for Dark Flowers came whilst Paul was reading Sam Shephard's award winning autobiography The Motel Chronicles . Taking a series of passages from the book and creating a basic soundtrack he then approached the artists for their unique vocal take on the content, before adding slide guitar, banjo and found sounds to create the finished composition. That the likes of Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago , Brian Eno's Another Green World and Bruce Langhorne's The Hired Hand were influences on the shape and sound of the album will be audible to the discerning listener. All the artists on the album have worked with Paul previously. His working relationship with Pete Murphy spans nine solo albums and twenty five years and says of his work on Dark Flowers; Paul was my right hand man on a run of albums from Love Hysteria through to Cascade and we are still writing together. This work (The Dark Flowers) is important and deserves the support of fans of our work together . For Jim Kerr, this unique approach to writing delivered very positive lyrical results, The images that came to me as I listened repeatedly to Paul's soothing and ghostlike electro desert songs, became the backbone for so many of the lyrics that eventually poured forth .