Paul Supreme: Ninja Sword
(Independent / 2 June 2023)
There's a sleek keyboard riff at the heart of Ninja Sword, a dancey track that's layered with loops and riffs underneath vocals that are raw and emotional. The track builds to a sense of urgency that underlies Paul Supreme's recent work.
The single comes from his album HYW 100, a cathartic release that dives into the hardships he's faced in recent years, including the end of a long-term relationship and the loss of his father.
Paul's father and uncle were members of The Frogs, a band that influenced the Seattle grunge scene. Paul was playing in popular bands in his local Milwaukee scene until the tragic accidental death of his father. It sent him into a decade-long tailspin.
He's since emerged as a solo artist.
While the inspiration is difficult, and the delivery emotional, ultimately the mood and message also speak of resilience and optimism for the future.