Reflective and pensive quality
Apparently some of the themes Paul found suggested by and influencing the music, were Time, Mortality, Autumn, Echoes, and the equal length of the tracks was an exercise in saying all he wanted to get across,in pre-set time frames.
But what about the music itself. Well I have to say as a big fan of Pauls, that on first listen to this album, I thoroughly enjoyed it. As a musical experience I found it very relaxing. But Paul had lulled me into a false sense of security as on the last track a beautiful melancholic cello piece played by Brenda Erikson, suddenly gives way to a kick ass sequencer fest completely jolting me out of the cosy comfortable doze I had slipped into towards the end of this sequencer extravaganza, which finds Paul really enjoying himself, he starts imploding the driving sequencer line back in on itself, and then goes on to create some more incredible effects, that I won't even attempt to describe. Brilliant! An absolutely cracking track, but I'd like a bit more warning in future please Paul. Thank you!!!
The wonderful track I mentioned before, that Paul did with Nemesis, has found it's way on to the album as track 3, entitled, Forever Endeavor, and a very welcome addition it is too. For me it has references to TDs Stratosfear album, and is truly superb, including lovely Mellotron effects. Not to be missed.
The rest of the album is also of the highest quality, with Pauls musical brilliance permeating the whole affair. There is just something about Pauls music that I find utterly compelling, and I was hooked and entertained from start to finish.
Paul suggested the album has an overall melancholic feel to it, which I did not pick up on at first, but as I've listened again I do see what he means.
The album is not depressing, but it does have a reflective and pensive quality. That is, until it kicks you up the backside in the last track. I think this maybe Paul in playful mode. You decide.