Holland is famous for many things, but not for its palm trees. Palmbomen is hard at work at changing that, palmboom being Dutch for palm tree. His second album of electronica and sound collage is due for release in March, and, if we can believe the suggestion that is Leo Danzinger’s introduction above, it should be one hell of a sophomore effort.

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Palmbomen II by Palmbomen II
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7/10 Clinton 25 February 2015

Ever wanted to put down the computer and do something less boring instead? Well Palmbomen guy Kai Hugo decided to swap the  screen for using old school hardware and locked himself in his mothers attic for the entirety of the summer to make this, his second album.

What results is a truly DIY affair which harks back to the early ‘90’s sound of men grappling with technology that was just not advanced enough to deal with what their brains are wanting them to do. It’s sometimes inspired, sometimes mundane but always with ancient wheezing drum programming sitting under fizzy synths and electronics. It’s been playing whilst we have been doing the post and it’s not done anyone the hapeth of any harm. Post to the beats!   

Sometimes it reminds me of ol' Rephlex records (‘Lorraine Kelleher’) and at other times it’s quite chillwave-y with certain moments taking influence from old nu-agey synth type stuff. Whatever, if an album rammed full of primitive electronic music production suits your palette then please dig in.


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