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Kim Hiorthøy likes to play in hybrids, mixing together the ingredients of any and all genres into his solution of experimental IDM. Where this was especially true of past records, though, 'Dogs' sees him take a starkly minimal approach, taking to the electronica standards: a steady beat, shimmering ambient sounds, receding piano notes and little more. Simple and sweet.

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Dogs by Kim Hiorthoy
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8/10 Brian 02 October 2014

Kim Hiorthøy I always suspected was a man. He is a man. I was right. A Norwegian man. Yup. 

Here the man-Kim supplies his listener's ears with largely piano-led vignettes, sometimes accompanied by curious electronic beatcapes, all laced with subtle avant-garde sensibilities. It's a most lovely listen, the jaunty wistful keys briefly enveloped in giddy primitivist pads and gentle, moody analogue synth washes. These occasional flurries resemble quirky and whimsical DIY classical-ectronica that sound much better via your ears than they read by eye.

There's not much more to say other than this dude hasn't released a record in years and he studied at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art so is no slouch in the prodigious stakes. He's predominantly a piano player seemingly and a very good one at that! I'd even go so far as to say that folks enamoured of the piano pieces on Aphex's Drukqs or Roedelius's more reflective moments such as his 'Selbsportrait' material will find plenty to coo over here. 


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