To the great concern of caterpillars everywhere, brainy Berlin DJ and producer Objekt is back at the Deconstruct-A-Club Workshop with another LP for brainy Berlin label PAN. Cocoon Crush is as immaculate as its predecessor Flatland, but contrasts in being much more focused on manipulating recordings (of all sorts of stuff) into organic textures, rather than synthesising material from scratch.
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When Objekt released Flatland in 2014 it made one thing very, very clear. TJ Hertz was one hell of a sound designer. The electronic landscapes he’d generated for the record were crystal clear and wonderful on the ears. And so it was with great excitement that when he announced its follow up, Cocoon Crush (also on PAN) that this was to be a more organic record. This is clear enough from its name and it’s rather beguiling artwork.
Across its eleven tracks, Cocoon Crush takes us on a palpable journey through Hertz artistic practice. He may be best known for being a DJ but the work he does for his records tend to be more free form and dance floor agnostic, more interested in expressing a narrative than being mixed into someone else's. This elevates his work as a sound designer, instead of being a thoughtless parade of cool sounds he’s made (and to some extent, it is still that), there is a clear logic that guides us from ‘Dazzle Anew’s impossibly plucked guitars to ‘Deadlock’s almost disgusting bass hits to the resonant chaos of ‘Another Knot’. Hertz wanted this to be a very personal record and this is likely why he is successful here, there is a shared thread of tension, anxiety, and sometimes even hope.
In many ways it makes sense for a personal album to so clearly be “headphone music”. After all, unless you happen to find yourself in the same room as Objekt, a pair of decent cans might be the closest you can get to him.
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