Inspired by Gibson’s ‘Neuromancer’, Patrick Holland dives deep into the ambivalent future with Simstim. Also known for work as Project Pablo, Simstim uses familiar motifs with a more personalized touch. Pointillist melodies lay in a wash of noise artifacts, as pulsating rhythms fray subtly falling between sections, all delicately glued together with blissful harmonies. For the dancer and/or headphone listener alike.
Release #4 on Verdicchio Music Publishing arrives close behind pop driven single “All I Need” in contrasting fashion. Sliding away from robust stabs, and immodest piano hooks, “Sofware” is more genial. While warm, sustained chords blend with tearjerking melodic accents, no specific element takes the lead; the title track is a communal venture. “Dead Channel” follows along similarly, with a timid warble at its core. Halfway through, the harmony seems to all fall apart, but the groove continues and the melody sings to the finish. The B side fades in with a beat-absent number featuring wafts of phased out strings and a sporadic melody that bends and shrieks, all twisted up by a dying Vestax delay. Starting calm, “Scroll Up” moves through waves of soft pads, juggled percussion and digital organ, into a sea of weighty sub and synthetic keys, swiftly followed by a crescendo of progressive stabs and wailing vocals…. not to give it all away. This record was made in a windowless room at the top of Montreal’s Saint Hubert Plaza.
The result of Polish Crooner Better Person (Byczkowski) and Canadian Producer Project Pablo (Holland) enjoying a summer studio session in the heat of 2018: “All I Need” fixates on the importance of a good time. Influenced by euro dance and trance classics, the two forged a 140 bpm shameless, melodic overload with dramatic builds and everything you would (not) expect from these two gentlemen. The flip sees Holland ride solo for 9 minutes and 9 seconds: an eyes closed trip through dubbed out chords, melancholic strings, and slamming percussion…. full steam ahead.
Come To Canada You Will Like It is a record about slowing down while finding a balance between rural and city living. Inspired by subjective memories and ideas about things and places: Looking back and moving forward.