MP3 At 3PM: Warm Ghost

warmghost3788On 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):

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5 Comments

  1. Chorusinrouge
    Posted June 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    This whole EP is so good! Kind of sounds ahead of it’s time a little bit, but still seems really relevant to whats going on right now. Strange in a beautiful way. I hear they’re way good live too. Hope to catch them soon in NY! :)

  2. NBJ
    Posted June 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    yeah this is some great business. really loving Warm Ghost. been on repeat in my headphones for days. <3 !

  3. bhenderson
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    BEAUTIFUL.

  4. Thankful
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    This sounds amazing! I just got mine in the mail. Can’t wait to listen to the Ekkehard Ehlers remix.

  5. bhenderson
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    paul made the cover too. fresh.