We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

the broken heart is more than a metaphor it is terraforming in action


  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $3 USD  or more




Currently studying multimedia composition in Hamburg, MICHAELBRAILEY has spent the past several years cultivating the ground where text, lo-fi and hi-fi sound meet. the broken heart is more than a metaphor it is terraforming in action is his most concise personal statement to date, as well as his APR debut, an examination of love as a selfless, celebratory one-way transmission.

Across four tracks, the Manchester artist explores lossy love as a product of post-digitality, reimagining data’s journey through the sky, across mountains and over oceans as worthy of dedication in and of itself. the broken heart seeks to elicit sensations of overwhelm, filtering an entire field of human emotion into a single, fallible human experience.

EP opener “feathered comet” functions as a sensitive biological system narrowed into the scope of a sonic field, only to seep and swell beyond its boundaries. Voice is a tensile quantity, a control factor in a system constantly threatened by hard and soft noise. “waters of love” follows as steady crescendo, an overlay of voice and voice-to-text culminating in cries of “I wonder if he feels it” and an insatiable whirl of strings and digital clicks.

“remove protection” follows as the broken heart’s most defined pop moment, an almost big room outgrowth that tethers protection and innocence in an almost intolerable dance. As closer, “a bridge to you” features the stripping away of all else, leaving only dermal surface for voice and sprightly noise to scurry and flit across.

Short in length, the broken heart emanates a sensuous fatigue, the result of a virtual condensation process transmuting love across the heart-tech interface. The EP is out digitally on May 29.


released May 29, 2020

Mastering: Will Mitchell
Artwork: Helin Şahin


all rights reserved



Astral Plane Recordings Los Angeles, California

Astral Plane Recordings (APR) is the label arm of The Astral Plane, a Los Angeles-based platform intended to highlight, center and contextualize artists who exist and function in the extremes.

contact / help

Contact Astral Plane Recordings

Streaming and
Download help

Report this album or account

If you like the broken heart is more than a metaphor it is terraforming in action, you may also like: