Simon Hinkler – Moving On (EP Review)

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Simon Hinkler – Moving On (EP Review)

Blackout - Simon Hinkler - Moving On (EP Review)To the typical hipster, the name Simon Hinkler will surely sound unfamiliar; to the Gothic New Wave connoisseur, on the other hand, Hinkler is a pioneering icon in the Alternative music scene.

Born on November 13, 1959, in Sheffield, England, Guitarist/Songwriter/Producer Hinkler is notable for being the lead guitarist of the Gothic Rock band The Mission (“Butterfly on a Wheel”). He also became a member of Pulp (“My Lighthouse”) and The Eden House (“Timeflows”). However, as a proper solo act, his forthcoming EP will be his debut offering.

Scheduled to be released on Friday, September 7, 2018, on Correctitude Records, Hinkler’s maiden solo effort, titled Moving On, is a five-track taster of the enigmatic artist’s slightly eclectic but still prominently Gothic-dominated musical tendencies. It opens with the Eastern-influenced “It Isn’t You,” which cunningly whiffs off familiar echoes of The Mission’s “Serpent’s Kiss.” This is followed by a different beast – the Cabaret/Vaudeville-inspired, slow, orchestral ballad “Virginia” – alluring, mysterious, pensive.

Another change of style comes next in the form of “Friends,” whose rustic, playful, and carnival-esque aural canvas recalls similar adventurous excursions by David Bowie (“Little Bombardier”), The Beatles (“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”), The Damned (“Grimly Fiendish”), Captain Sensible (“Happy Talk”), and Frankie Goes to Hollywood (“Happy Hi”). The ensuing mid-tempo “What More Do We Know?” is another lovely throwback, but this time, forward to the glorious, glittery Britpop of the ’90s. It seems to be an intentional homage to Hinkler’s grandiose time with the quirky Jarvis Cocker and the rest of Pulp; it could have passed as a new Pulp single sung by Cocker himself!

Finally, Hinkler wraps up Moving On with the piano-led, starry-eyed, slightly dirge-like title track. Yes, that was it! Hinkler’s masterful stroke sounds so sweet and short, but which will definitely prompt the listener to press repeat over and over again while yearning for a proper full-length follow-up. CrypticRock gives Simon Hinkler’s Moving On, 5 out of 5 stars.

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Born in 1971 in Metro Manila, Philippines, aLfie vera mella immigrated to Canada in 2003. He has since then been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, working fulltime at a health care institution in the city while also serving as the associate contributing editor of a local community newspaper, tackling Literature, Languages, Cultures, Lifestyles, Music, and Genres. Prior to coming to Canada, he was a registered nurse in the Philippines and worked as an editor/writer of academic textbooks and magazines, handling Science & Technology and English Grammar & Literature. He was also the frontman and chief songwriter of an Alternative Rock/New Wave band, Half Life Half Death, releasing an album and a handful of singles. In Canada, he formed another band, haLf man haLf eLf; they are currently working on their first album. In his spare time, he enjoys reading books; listening to music; taking care of his eight-year-old son, Evawwen; participating at various community events; and exploring the diverse cultural beauty of Canada whenever schedule permits him. He has been a music journalist since the mid-’90s for various print magazines and, eventually, websites. He started writing album reviews for CrypticRock in 2015. In 2016, he published Part One (Literature & Languages) of his essay series, Can You Hear the Sound of a Falling Leaf? His next planned literary endeavor is to publish the remaining parts of the anthology and his works on Poetry, Fantasy Fiction, and Mythology.

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