"Their Quasi-Homes are Real
Genre: experimental electronic
June 3, 2009
Mysterious, eerie, and mesmerizing,
Hopen's Quasi-Homes makes for a provocative soundscape that
will leave you breathless. It's difficult to describe this strange
assortment of samples, synths, stray electronic rhythms, and abstract
sounds, but holding it all together is a bizarrely unified vision.
We see glimpses of Aphex Twin warped
melody ("H," the synths of "Under
the Theaters"), tape-label calibre free improv ("Ejur,"
the latter two-thirds of "Hi 4.5"), and
strange, field recording heavy digital manipulations ala solo Mika
Vainio material ("Hint,"
"Bread"). As mentioned, it
is difficult to define this release
but a joy to experience it. One can consume
Hopen's music in the same way one
might digest a release by Boyd Rice,
Nurse With Wound, or Pan Sonic. Clearly, this isn't for
everyone, but as pure atmospheric substance, it's more than
[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by
released Oct 10, 2008]