Soft and soothing underwater ambient techno from one of the masters of the genre. Huerco S. drops what could be a landmark missive that is sure to appeal to fans of Deepchord, Gas and Basic Channel. Delicious and serene sounds for your laid back summer listening. Double vinyl only.
9/10 Clinton Staff review, 08 August 2016
Huerco S. has pretty much hit pay dirt on his second full-lengthh album and a string of well received 12" releases which showcased his talent for twisting house and techno music into interesting new shapes. What he has done here is pretty much remove any semblance of either genre from the music leaving it as kind of fumes of what was once club music. There's nary a beat to speak of and the record just flows in the patient manner of something that isn't going anywhere and doesn't mind taking it's time not getting there.
It's full of beautiful slow moving ambient pieces that could be compared with Gas and Deepchord save for the notable absence of a four/four thump. The opening 'A Sea of Love' is quite astonishingly beautiful and equally astonishing is that it's way more realised than either of the two tracks which follow. 'Hear Me Out' in particular demands patience of the listener as it starts out with nothing happening at all but if you keep listening you are rewarded as slowly burbling synth slowly rears out of the track sounding like something from Fennesz 'Endless Summer'. It takes until 'Kraanvogel' for anything that could be described as 'housey' to take place and even then it's played underwater.
The album is crazily quiet. You have to listen on headphones or turn up way loud and order everyone out of the room in order to get its nuances. Therefore it's the opposite of the club music that Huerco S set out making. It is however beautiful and for fans of blissed out ambience and muted home reared house music alike this has to be one of this years most essential releases.
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