Pascal Holper – “Aphelion”


A neoclassical beauty with a stirringly melancholic composure, “Aphelion” is a new single from Austrian artist Pascal Holper. Strings, piano, and synthesizer assemble on this heartfelt composition, which represents Holper’s first solo release — and a notable stylistic turn from his previous releases with hardcore/punk band Racial Abuse, post-hardcore act Cameran, and electronic pop duo Aiko Aiko. Holper’s eclectic stylistic pursuits with this breathtaking solo work, embracing neoclassical, spine-tingling allure with shades of Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Also featuring the talented playing of Lukas Lauermann on cello and Emily Stewart on violin and viola, “Aphelion” concocts a string-laden layering with subtle yet impactful appeal. An additional layer cries out at the 01:30 mark, echoing a weeping-like echo that evolves into more flourishing qualities at mid-point, and then a graceful piano-laden touch in the delicately enrapturing conclusion. “Aphelion” leaves a strong mark with Holper’s strikingly memorable composition, alongside gorgeous performances from Lauermann and Stewart.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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