Claws Overhead EP

by Warm Ghost

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Paul Duncan currently resides in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and hails from East Texas. He is a self-taught singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and synth player with a style that is both intricate and bold. Early on he embraced his Southern roots and the rebel songwriting of the late 60's and 70's from Townes Van Zandt to Bill Fay, and extended into avant-garde territory influenced by the work of Charlemagne Palestine, Morton Feldman and Arnold Dreyblatt while studying sound design and film at Savannah College of Art and Design. The wide variety of influences set the music solidly in motion, seeing Paul draw from a unique mix of traditional and non-traditional instruments; guitar, pedal steel, drums, cello, violin, piano, synthesizers and the occasional home-made electronics for good measure. Results included his first three solo efforts on the Hometapes label; To An Ambient Hollywood (2003), Be Careful What You Call Home (2005) and Above the Trees (2007), gaining immediate attention and drawing comparisons to Red Red Meat, Bark Psychosis, Jim O'Rourke and Talk Talk.

Paul is currently recording and performing under the moniker Warm Ghost. It finds him taking a step beyond traditional instrumentation and one toward that of electronics, synthesizers, drum machines and processed field recordings. While the sound palette has changed, it has certainly not shallowed, his sound has evolved into a shimmering sonic world with elements of 80's new wave and synth pop from Solid Space to OMD to Depeche Mode, late 70's disco, synth programming sharing ground with Autechre and AFX, and experimental textures reminiscent of Fennesz. The payoff is beautifully executed, lush pop songs that beg for repeat listening. Paul has also collaborated with numerous other artists including Oren Ambarchi (SunnO))), Type Records), Joe Stickney (Bear in Heaven), Chris Bear (Grizzly Bear), RobertoLange (Helado Negro), Fred Lonberg-Holm (Jim O'Rourke, Boxhead Ensemble), David Daniell (Rhys Chatham’s Essentialist, San Agustin) and Doug McCombs (Tortoise, Brokeback) among others.

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released May 1, 2010

Paul Duncan, Oliver Chapoy

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