Digital Release: 5-Aug-2018
Artist: Paul Handley (From Adelaide/Australia)
Following up from, the “Midnight Zone” album, released earlier this year, this 5 track EP has three main songs and two mix variations. Being instrumental, the song titles tend to emerge from impressions invoked while writing them. The breathy sustained synths and hovering vocal FX, appeared to give track 2 “Open” a distinct sense of openness. The song Passage (and it’s two variations) is charged with a driving rhythm, winding it’s way through sections, which endlessly evolve. The song “Lonely Ocean”, …well, it is vast and lonely sounding.
It can be hard to pinpoint the style and sound of this Ambient/Synthwave? Stephane from Side-Line magazine explains it like this, …“It remains nearly impossible to label the work of Paul Handley. He’s a kind of chameleon experimenting with different influences. There for sure is a solid and constant ambient source of inspiration, but the songs also move on the edge of techno and even techno-body music. The sound (Midnight Zone) has something exciting. I like the dry kicks, the solid bass lines and the noticeable ambient atmosphere recovering most of the tracks”.
The “Open EP” is perhaps an interim release, …while the lights begin flicker, and the current of electricity is drawn into a vortex of circuit boards, sound modules and digital processors, …through experimenting, refining, and navigating the vast ocean of possibilities, we hope to see a new album somewhere on the horizon.