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Beast is Koen Holtkamp, who is also known as one half of Mountains with Brendan Angeregg. Ens sees Holtkamp making more tightly constructed compositions, compared with his previous sprawling explorations. The album was made as Holtkamp’s partner was expecting, then having their first child and the experience plays out in the heartfelt music, some grounded and some more for the clouds. LP and CD on Thrill Jockey.

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Ens by BEAST
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9/10 Jamie Staff review, 06 November 2018

Here’s Koen Holtkamp then, with his latest solo release on the ever-interesting Thrill Jockey record label. Holtkamp is half of synthesizer-obsessed Mountains (with Brendon Anderegg); but whereas their combined efforts often meander and sprawl (like their namesake) as, say, the Rockies, this record is an entirely different BEAST. Yeah, I know. But moving swiftly on, these sounds although comprised of electronics -- modular synth, digital effects and perhaps a keyboard or two -- the methodology and techniques applied are more controlled, more streamlined and as a result, highly attractive and more conducive to relaxation and perhaps, dare I say it, contemplation.

'Ens' is a record which lays its cards on the table from the outset: the opening track ‘Paprika Shorts’ consists of spiralling, tightly intertwined synths bleeping out their crystalline, gently pulsing rhythms in a coalescent whole of cascading light. ‘Color Feel’ which follows uses multiple pianos and percolating synth to create something kaleidoscopic in feel and rich in textures. ‘Boketto’ meanwhile is more sedate in pace; electroacoustic sounds chime and twinkle, playing out their unspooling rhythms in an engaging way. ‘Edb’ feels like slow-motion IDM, like a classic Plaid track pitched down to -10, or Gamelan played at half-speed, and ‘For Otto’ is just… a gorgeous dedication. An immersive and quite magical record, this; more of a gentle giant than a Beast.



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