Huerco S.

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for those of you who have never listened to them (and also those who have)

new album is called Plonk, and it's got X Plonks on it, Plonk I through Plonk X. Plonk VII and Plonk X, in particular, i found especially good on my first two listens. listening to I again now, on headphones, it's all about the rustling bottom of the snare noises).

i'm not sure it's the best entryway for those of you have never listened to them before, though, because that would be the 2106 stone cold classic For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have), which i think was the last music they put out until Plonk (?). i'm trying to remember where i first came upon Huerco S. probably one of the ILX ambient threads. but i remember that what first stood out was the in media res editing style/sequencing of that album, where instead of fading in or slowly building up to the bliss, the songs would just abruptly dive straight in and linger there at a certain depth for a several minutes, then, just as suddenly, move to the next track. it's a cool trick, but it never feels like a gimmick because the actual songs are so good!

also, a kansas musician, shoutout to KS

dig your way out of the shit with a gold magic shovel! (Karl Malone), Saturday, 26 February 2022 17:55 (eleven months ago) link

2106 2016 stone cold classic

dig your way out of the shit with a gold magic shovel! (Karl Malone), Saturday, 26 February 2022 17:57 (eleven months ago) link

He’s released two albums as Pendant since FTOYWHN, the first one in particular is very enjoyable. I’ve only heard Plonk once so far, the first track didn’t click with me, it sounded like a more random autechre imitation and I was about to switch it off, but thankfully got distracted and forgot to change it because the rest was great. Much mote varied than the first

My one gripe - I love me some paratext so I thought naming all the tracks plonk was a bit lazy.

I am using your worlds, Saturday, 26 February 2022 19:19 (eleven months ago) link

yeah, i'm not a huge fan of the first few tracks. i think part of the flow of the new one is that it starts out scattered and out of time - not in a beatless sense or ambient sounding way, more like in a gradually accumulating way...i don't it's hard to explain, but at any rate it hits kind of a more "modern electronic" with a pulse thing for a few songs in the middle, which is ok but not something i usually spending a lot of time with, but then from VII on, that's just gorgeous imo

dig your way out of the shit with a gold magic shovel! (Karl Malone), Saturday, 26 February 2022 22:39 (eleven months ago) link

and thanks for the Pendant recco, I'll check out that first one!

dig your way out of the shit with a gold magic shovel! (Karl Malone), Saturday, 26 February 2022 22:40 (eleven months ago) link

The Pendant album from last year was very nice too. A wee bit darker than his previous ambient work but not full on dark ambient

paolo, Sunday, 27 February 2022 11:20 (eleven months ago) link

This was nice -

feed me with your clicks (Noel Emits), Sunday, 27 February 2022 14:24 (eleven months ago) link

Kind of generic dub techno stylistically I guess, but still. Great bass.

feed me with your clicks (Noel Emits), Sunday, 27 February 2022 14:28 (eleven months ago) link

The filter disco track on that same ep was also really classy.

feed me with your clicks (Noel Emits), Sunday, 27 February 2022 14:37 (eleven months ago) link

i caned that filter disco track haha. great producer.

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Sunday, 27 February 2022 15:45 (eleven months ago) link

jeez he's only 30. from nebraska iirc?

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Sunday, 27 February 2022 15:47 (eleven months ago) link

yeah this whole royal crown of Sweden is sweet:

love the first Huerco S album too, colonial patterns

not so much into the darker stuff.

this PDP III album from last year is fucked up:

brimstead, Monday, 28 February 2022 02:34 (eleven months ago) link

great DJ too, I've listened to both of these a lot in the last few months:

toby, Monday, 28 February 2022 05:40 (eleven months ago) link

thanks for all these tips, i am slowly following up on them

dig your way out of the shit with a gold magic shovel! (Karl Malone), Monday, 28 February 2022 16:06 (eleven months ago) link

New one isn't quite hitting me yet – although the backhalf has grabbed me more, and Karl, your assessment of the scattered nature of the front-half sounds spot on. I suspect it will require more active listening on my part in order to gel...

Really enjoy both Pendant releases. Got a new-ish setup in my basement that has acoustic paneling/etc. and these sound fantastic in a 'sound bubble' as I call it.

dronestreet, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 18:28 (eleven months ago) link

enjoyed this record but not sure it quite gripped me, VI highlight on first listen

nxd, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 18:31 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

new one has really taken me by surprise. the ambient records have always struck me as being fine but never really stuck with me either. the idm detour on plonk is way more to my liking. it feels a bit like autechre lp5 melodies (esp tracks like “cork”) but with much of the rest of that sound taken out or muted. plus having one weird backpacker hiphop experiment that im not sure if i like but do respect being on there is also very 90s idm.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Wednesday, 23 March 2022 03:48 (ten months ago) link

yeah it’s really great, maybe his best, but i hate the rap feature. it’s so bad. like run across the room and hit skip bad. but the atmosphere of vaguely concurrent bliss and unease is really unique and hard to pull off. its also really detailed but not in an overly trebly, ableton pyrotechnics way

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Wednesday, 23 March 2022 23:59 (ten months ago) link

also his record under the name Loidis is totally awesome and seems to be unmentioned here. his most dancey effort

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Thursday, 24 March 2022 00:02 (ten months ago) link

i like the spoken word track ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

mh, Thursday, 24 March 2022 20:05 (ten months ago) link

ten months pass...

Holy shit @ Plonk X

josh az (2011nostalgia), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 07:21 (one week ago) link

'Plonk VI' came up in my Discover Weekly a few weeks ago and was an instant hit

nashwan, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 10:25 (one week ago) link

can’t really deal with Plonk

not too strange just bad audio (brimstead), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 20:00 (one week ago) link

Plonk you

JackMyFruit, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 21:32 (one week ago) link

Plonk you Cleveland, good night!

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 21:33 (one week ago) link

had to stay up all night a few months ago and looped plonk in that 1-2 hours before dawn thru sunrise window. perfect time 2 plonk if you ask me.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 05:34 (one week ago) link

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