Paul Draper – EP ONE

Feeling My Heart Run Slow

Draper’s voice hasn’t lost its edge. Noel Gallagher does big chord changes to convey escapism, well, Draper does it via his vocals on this track.

Draper channels his previous art with Mansun against electronic production from Underworld’s repertoire. Throw in a resplendent psyche guitar solo three minutes in and this is everything Mansun fans will have craved for a decade.

No Ideas (feat. Steve Wilson)

Draper is again on fine form as he creates a Bond-esque song. A Bond that is wired at 4am that is.

When they dark production collides with repeat of “because ive got no ideas”, this track becomes that much more sinister. The protagonist is oozing a deep lying sense of frustration and depression and has clearly had enough.

The Silence Is Deafening

Unfortunately, at too many junctures, this is Duran Duran. Some of the electronic production threatens to give this track its edge but never does.

Overall, two out of three is the message for this EP (not including the decent remix of Feeling My Heart Run Slow by Twiglight Sad). ‘FMHRS’ and ‘No Ideas’ both offer glimpses of Mansun’s past but, crucially, they propel Draper into where he is now. The last track fails on all fronts for TT but there is more than enough to be excited about for the album later this year.