Album Review: Koen Holtkamp – Gravity/Bees (Thrill Jockey)

Taken literally, bees and gravity make an interesting dichotomy, demonstrated by Holtkamp's blissful synthscapes

Even something as apparently trendless as experimental drone is not immune to the wax and wane of fashion. In fact, at present a certain meditative, hammocks-and-hemp-sandals vibe, prompted by the rediscovery of electronic krautrock and ’70s new age records, is very firmly in the ascendant. Here, [b]Holtkamp[/b] – one half of notable Brooklyn psychedelic explorers [b]Mountain[/b] – contributes to the mood with a record of two weighty concept-bearing sides. One is all about zero gravity, and the other takes bees as its subject matter. The blissful synthscapes contained within eschew the genre’s more embarrassing hallmarks – thankfully, there’s no panpipes to be found here – although when [b]Holtkamp[/b] piles on 
the fuzz guitar on the second side, it kinda blows the mood, maaan.

[b]Louis Pattison[/b]

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