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Koen Holtcamp - Gravity/Bees

by Paul Downey Rating:7.5 Release Date:

When listening to the first solo effort from dutch artist Koen Holtcamp, it is important to know what you are about to listen to. If you are expecting something brash, short and instantly forgettable you have come to the wrong place but if you are looking for two beautifully textured pieces of music then sit back and enjoy.

The first thing to point out, is that both pieces are over 14 minutes long, and despite offering similiar instrumental qualities such as synthesizers, they manage to be both diverse and intense in their own ways. First track 'In the Absence of Gravity Please Note the Position of the Sun', is very laid back, and ambient from the outset with the first two-three minutes giving a prolonged introduction to the sound. From here on Holtcamp mixes acoustic guitars with synthesizers and electronics to mould a seamless pleasurable sound.

Second offering, the less-of-a-mouthful 'Loosely Based on Bees' employs more electronics and acoustics to create a much more intense sounding track. It starts very spaced out and chilled before, around the eight minute mark (of its 14:53 duration), the sound becomes very distorted and powerful throughout its final few minutes. Again the instruments involved give the track a very raw quality which makes this record extremely diverse.

So on first glance it may seem that Holtcamp had become lazy by only recording two tracks for his album, but after listening to both monumentous efforts I am sure you will agree it feels like a full offering.

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