The Story Behind Paul van Dyk’s New Single – Duality

‘Guiding Light’ – the upcoming album from Paul van Dyk – is heralded this week by ‘Duality’, its second single.

"Duality" drops today
Paul van Dyk

To a considerable degree, its release is the outcome of a book – specifically Paul’s “Im Leben Bleiben” (Holding On To Life), which was published last year. Writing it helped Paul begin to clarify much of what followed his 2016 on-stage accident. Through it came a greater perspective understanding of the toll, all before (and against considerable odds) he started to harness that clarity into something positive, artistic and inspirational. 

While his late 2019 single ‘Parallel Dimension’ contained references to the time Paul spent unconscious, ‘Duality’ takes its cues from his awakening, the gathering awareness of his circumstances and how he began to confront them.

“Duality is a state of mind you find yourself in. The brain is still echoing the strongest signals of how you’ve become used to seeing yourself: completely fit and vital and able to do everything. The truth is that your body is not currently capable of doing all those things, putting you in a surreal existence. This track is about starting to resolve that duality.”

Paul van Dyk

Musically, he’s translated that into an instrumental cut which races – start-through-finish – with Paul’s restless, relentless dynamism. Think ‘Columbia’s high-pace rush crossed with harmonic shades of ‘Angel’ and spiked by ‘Crush’s killer key changes.

A track that DJ Mag’s scored “9/10” and called “the most striking, exciting PvD standalone – ‘Touched By Heaven’ and ‘I Am Alive’ included – of the last eight years,” ‘Duality’ will hit the airwaves soon, enough!

Release date: February 14, 2020

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