Hotel Neon is a project from brothers Michael and Andrew Tasselmyer and its sound is large, ambient expanses of sound without much melodic structure or any type of form. It just seems like a natural phenomenon, a sound mined out of the earth or harvested from an enormous field on a rolling hill. In reality, Hotel Neon was completed with the less romantic use of a usb and some dodgy guitars. But hey, that’s music.
Limited to 500, comes with a slide and a photograph.
CD £9.99 homen066
CD on Home Normal. Edition of 500 copies including unique vintage slide and photograph.
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“Restraint over haste” proclaims the insert of Washington duo Hotel Neon’s debut record, appearing for the first time on CD from Home Normal. True to the label’s fashion, this one is in some ridiculously layered packaging - a 7” sleeve with a vintage photo, a plastic CD sleeve containing a dusty ol’ slide, and finally yet another plastic CD sleeve. It’s as if they did this as a sort of buildup to the album - you hastily tear open the layers to be confronted with the 3 words above. What was all that haste for? Why can’t we just calmly open things?? Hang on, haven’t I just been tricked into peace?
Hitting play clears all of those conflicts and replaces them with the promised calm. “Perception over presumption”, the insert continues religiously. That sort of muted, cloud-like Eno ambience that drifts and hovers cradles you from start to finish, never that much of a melody emerging but occupying a vague harmony. Take a pinch of Hammock’s more blurred tracks and a chunk of Chihei Hatakeyama and add some distant field touches and you’d get Hotel Neon. This sort of static ambient is nothing new, but it never really tries to be. If these elements were overly altered or exaggerated or embellished, it would remove from the style’s unassuming charm. Distant embellishments will do fine, the sub booms of “The Eye’s Mind” proving this, as does the cyclic throb of “Dust and Drag” while “Deprivation” adds white noise wisps to the near-choral backdrop.
There’s not much more to say on this - each track starts a bit more clear before building at its own pace to the same reverbed bliss. They’re quite long too, the album being 56 minutes long over just 7 tracks, so they’re given room to breathe and will surely drop you into whatever meditative state that you need at various points in life. In this way the music here is a bit more functional than an active listen, and just sort of works as a nice ambient piece. “Awareness over intent.”
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