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

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

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

6 / 10 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, Holtkamp – one half of notable Brooklyn psychedelic explorers Mountain – 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 Holtkamp piles on ?the fuzz guitar on the second side, it kinda blows the mood, maaan.

Louis Pattison

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