“He communicates mournfully introspective melodic passages, each one freighted with thought-provoking pathos”
Following his celebrated 2020 solo album ‘Exit Ghost’, Paul Haslinger presents the ‘Austerlitz’ EP, a collection of recordings that bookend the project and offers an evocative perspective on his current work and trajectory.
‘Exit Ghost’ is his long thought out opus, a moment caught in time, flicking through reference points, taking an ethereal excursion that permeates musical genres as it becomes awash with intricate sounds and cross-pollinating rhythms.
Overflowing into these new compositions that were recorded and initially considered for the album. The EP borrows its title from literary hauntology inspired novelist W.G. Sebald’s book and has a continuing sentiment of identity, truth and discovery from the album. The poetry, prose and biographical element of this novel proved an inspirational foundation for the composer.
“Alone at a grand piano Haslinger has a knack for evocative phrasing and suggestive cadences, while through understated arrangements, ambient undercurrents and electronic shading he manages to draw a range of dramatic implications out of his introspection.” The Wire
Bringing us full circle, ‘Austerlitz’ summarizes the album perfectly – its haunting visions and dreamlike soundscapes sees the classically trained pianist dominating the fore.
And so we continue on our immersive and adventurous travelogue with the former member of the legendary Tangerine Dream, Paul Haslinger – a man who knows how to build tension, hold moods, illustrate contempt, lies, passion and pleasure; He can create fear, loathing and love – he’s been unlocking the nuances of such emotions in a hugely successful career as a TV and film soundtrack composer.
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