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The Warmth Inside You
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Londoner Van Hoen has been releasing electronica albums for a number of years, both under his own name and as Locust. The Warmth Inside You is the latest chapter in his evolution as an auteur and finds him in strong form throughout. Here his experimental impulses are streamlined into a very direct, linear collection of tracks. On first listen it all sounds very simple, with vague dub inflections subservient to warm, pulsating synth melodies, but Van Hoen's skill is investing a very palpable sense of emotion into this music. It's a tricky proposition, especially with some of the sounds here evoking a kind of vintage, futurist sci-fi soundtrack. But in fact Van Hoen's music neither flirts overtly with camp pathos nor becomes mired in cosmic kitsch; rather, it retains its integrity and an evocative potency.

Beneath the surface, Van Hoen's impressionistic fluidity sounds painstakingly crafted, with an eye to detail revealed in the small, subtle textural shifts that occur beneath and around the music's dominant themes. For example, on the title track, rough glitch-edits add a subcutaneous layer of sonic grit to the ebb and flow of the central rhythmic pulse; and on "Since Tomorrow Will Come," harder metallic percussion serves to punctuate the synthesized hi-hat pulse and loping, dubby momentum. Where the rhythms are really pared back, Van Hoen offsets their stark minimalism with various layers of activity, from subtle electronic embellishments to mini depth-charges. Crucially, the experimentation doesn't detract from the music's accessibility, but nor does accessibility equate with a dumbed-down agenda. Van Hoen keeps it simple but retains an edge, mixing melodic playfulness with a hint of stentorian rigidity, further softened by the suppleness and dexterity of his arrangements.
 
 


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