My apologies to Paul Lewis and yourself as this has been languishing in my inbox since prior to the release of Faster Than The Sound Of Speed which was made available on the 29th January.
Those of more curious thought may recognise Paul Lewis from the English band Priory Jones And The Mission, Faster Than The Speed Of Sound is an alt-rock solo EP.
Opening the eighteen minutes release is Never Gonna Be Free, which has a retro ’60s mersey-beat to it, to which a fuzzy synth has been over-layed, that has the effect of slowing down the piece giving it a spectral presence that drifts around the room in hazy flows of sound.
Everybody’s Gotta Reason comes next which is my pick of the release, as a heavier percussion pummels its way around the room, to which the heart finds itself matching tempo as the guitar joins in the pace, whilst a superb vocal cuts a swathe across the landscape as notes and reaches are hit pitch-perfectly by the voice as a medley of synthesised choir gives the track its defining presence. Four and a half minutes that you just want to extend further in time.
Following is Show Me, a luscious blend of synth-wave and rock combinations which again is hazed, whilst the vocal threads between sharp clarity and gauzy veils. Paul Lewis is able to deliver this rolling flow of mutation and sparkle without it ever seeming forced and the mind is drawn to thoughts of surf ebbing and flowing on the shoreline. A cleverly composed piece of music, which captures much in its brevity of just under three minutes.
The closing track, is also the longest, running at a couple of seconds below six and a half minutes – Thinking It Over reminds me of one of a song previously featured Tim as Paul Lewis imbues the piece with a rolling tempo with a busy vocal narrative that gives the track an inherent urgency, whilst the instrumentation flows expansively and again rather than sounding discordant and indulgent it is perfectly pitched and the listener finds themselves drifting into a capsule in which time stands still.
Whilst each track is somewhat different to one-another Faster Than The Speed Of Sound does not leave the audience feeling they have been listening to a random selection of tracks as when taken as a whole there is a natural progress which takes the mind from the retrospective to the future.
There are two additional tracks on the Deluxe Version of the EP with a slightly different track order.
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