On Warm Ghost‘s “Open The Wormhole In Your Heart,” Paul Duncan marries a lush, woozy, electronic cunning with pure-pop sensibility, bridging the enveloping work of texture purist Christian Fennesz and the enigmatic, though self-moderating, songwriting acumen of Depeche Mode. It opens with a wash of heavily filtered synthesizers, and then a hypnotic beat emerges with more free-floating keys in tow, all surrounding Duncan’s casual, earnest vocals, which confidently sit high in the mix—with good reason. Flickering with a satisfying tension from the start, it’s easy to imagine Duncan toying with the song’s structure at home in Brooklyn, determining whether to let “Open” drift into an ambient haze or to arrive more punctually. In the end, he has it both ways, creating a noir-pop gem that’s at the same time calmly stoic and capable of conjuring wonder without needlessly posturing. “Open” comes to us from the Claws Overhead EP, which was released in May by Geographic North both digitally and on limited-edition, hand-numbered white vinyl.
“Open The Wormhole In Your Heart” (download):