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Erased Tapes have collected a new person who goes by the name of Ben Lukas Boysen. Middle name included, so neoclassical. Little may some know but he is actually that electronic dark ambient person called Hecq, I guess that’s his midnight crime fighting alias, Ben Lukas Boysen by day.
The daytime Boysen produces cuddly, carefully-arranged harmonic miniatures dowsed in melancholia akin to the purrings of Nils Frahm, who mixed and mastered this album and Boysen’s last. Opener ‘The Veil’ features the ivory twinkler box as the centrepiece, enclosed by gentle but hurried flurries of harp. Frahm insists that it’s a real piano even though he admits that it isn’t, in a fit of confusion and mischief. ‘Nocturne 3’ begins with an slithering ambience which fades before drums (!) start playing along with the emotional piano chords and the ghost of a mellotron can be heard in the distance - this suddenly sounds like a sad painting of the 70s or something.
It’s all totally removed from his music under the Hecq moniker, Boysen truly creating a new identity for himself based on the template of his progenitor, the one who this sound came Frahm. There’s even a hint of the hissy tape-recorded-ness that the Piano Man leaves over everything. But the inclusion of harps, drums and the cello & synth on the pounding Jon Hopkins favourite ‘Golden Times 1’ distance the record from the Piano Man. He’s not using a Juno, for starters.
Surely one for the neoclassical heads out there, give Boysen a chance and get some music that cries on your shoulder with you.
Also, if you do nothing else today, listen to 'Nocturne 4' because it's amazing.
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