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“Things are different now….” is Paul Damian Hogan’s famous refrain to his cadres, at least those more accustomed to the heavy-drinking, hard-partying, chain-smoking producer, god-father to a generation of albums by North Brooklyn bands; now, father to the 5-year old Raizel Hogan the First.
The EP “TUDOR CIRCLE”; a rare release by the illusive composer, proposes a time before things were different. Before the carnage of current politics intermingled with a picturesque American past. That past enters in a dream in the opening, title track, with hints of Bach’s First Prelude from the Well-Tempered Clavier emitting in synthetic haze- a memory of childhood piano lessons in the midwestern “village of our mind”. But Hogan’s church steeples are now haunting spires. His “sunday mopeds” are two-stroke insects whirring in a cloud of noxious fumes. In Hogan’s brand of driving psychedelic pop, nostalgia is an infection, an insidious pastime that corrodes. And more than not, his songs break down in complex, skipping, instrumental refrains evoking the ill-maintained automated pump organs of old carousels.
Mr. Hogan, who has, by the New Yorker’s account, “produced half of the major Brooklyn indie rock releases since 2008- and mixed the other half”- is a rare sight these days at the Bushwick clubs he used to close out. From what we hear, he resides mostly at his home studio, where this EP was made, entirely by him. But we sincerely hope this release presages a return to the stage. Because New York nightlife is just not the same without the reckless drawl of the Iowa State Champion Drum Major of 1998. We call him the Kenny Chesney of the northeast- because he brings us back to the America we left behind when we came to New York. And reminds us never to go back.
released March 16, 2018
Album cover uses an image of the artwork 'Snuffer' by Jamie Isenstein.
Album cover layout by Tim Hogan - timhogandesigns.com
Recorded at The Hut in Wyckoff Heights, Brooklyn
Paul played everything on this one.
Mixed by Paul.
Mastered by Paul.
Paul by Paul.