Electronic artist Locust follows up his release last year with 'After The Rain', a record that at times sounds almost symphonic, with impressively pitched harmonies from Julie Manescau and ornate arrangements (on keys, celeste, synth -- all that good shit) that suggest an inclination towards '70s electronic sounds.
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- After The Rain by Locust
8/10 Ian Staff review, 10 October 2014
Not to be confused with the Jimmy Lavalle fronted math/grind outfit but former Seefeel member and all round ambient dude Mark Van Hoen returns with his latest album as Locust, released on the superb Editions Mego label that in the past has featured the likes of Fennesz and Jim O’Rourke. ‘After The Rain’ immediately feels like Van Hoen is channeling a 70’s synth vibe here. Straight from the off we’re reminded of the sci-fi drones of Vangelis albeit with a slightly more gothic angle but then I have always found Locust a little spooky in atmosphere. Mark is a veteran at the whole ambient game so it’s no wonder that his music has a real professional feel in it’s production with warm synth tones and angelic choral vocal manipulations.
His recent work with Neil Halstead on the 'Black Hearted Brother' project is conclusive proof that this is a guy that can really put his talent to many different styles whether it’s in a more rock orientated genre or even a pop context (like his quirky 90’s band Scala with former Seefeel bandmates). Here he shines brightly though with a creepy but lovable ambient style that helps him stand out from the rest of the bunch.
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