Artist: Peter Van Hoesen
Label: Time To Express
Cat. #: T2X22
Release Date: 3 September 2012
01. Objects From The Past
02. To Alter A Vector
03. Seven, Green & Black
04. Spectral Participant
05. Attack On The Reality Principle
06. Nefertiti / Always Beyond
07. Inspection In Solitude
08. Rapture’s Coming
10. Attribute 39
11. Europa / Unlit Bonﬁre
Belgian producer and DJ Peter Van Hoesen offers a new full-length album, on his own Time To Express label.
‘Perceiver’, his second full length album following 2010’s ‘Entropic City’, is evidence of Van Hoesen’s continual experiments into sound. The textural, shifting and dynamic synth elements, hooks and arpeggios that characterise the album’s voice often reach into abstract zones, but never too far that the listener cannot easily delve into the hypnotism of the moment.
Since ‘Entropic City’, Van Hoesen’s role as a researcher into sound has expanded even further. As Sendai, alongside Yves De Mey, the pair released the celebrated ‘Geotope’ album in 2012. As a solo producer, he also continued his prolific output with releases and remixes on Time To Express, alongside other labels like Ostgut Ton, CLR, Hotflush and more.
Gently rhythmic pieces such as the album’s opening voyage, ‘Objects From The Past’, or the reduced modular electronics of ‘Spectral Participant’ plant the tone of the earlier tracks firmly in the high-tech, experimental realms of modern electronica. Sourced from enough material to fill two albums, ‘Perceiver’ represents a huge body of work recorded entirely in his new home of Berlin. With careful editing Peter arrived at a complete and concise album, spanning 60 minutes, exploring largely varied yet complementary fields of sound.
It is clear that intricacy and diversity are high on Van Hoesen’s sonic agenda. With that in mind, ‘Perceiver’, offers a telling insight into the explorations of a producer who is little concerned with fulfilling or expressing his artistic ego, and much more by the genuine discoveries one can make by diving deep into sound. In his own words Peter explains, “many of the tracks have been made with the idea of trying to uncover sounds and melodies that were potentially there. Sometimes it does not feel as if I am creating new music, but methodically uncovering something which already exists but has not yet been found. The emphasis of my work seems to go more and more in the direction of research… With Perceiver it’s clear that this has lead to a more varied and melodic approach to my sound.”
With a clear progression then, the album ascends patiently from serene and perplexing sound pieces into fierce club-ready movements. With each track we find bold new percussive elements and sharp, textural, modulating synths entering the fold. In the later half of the LP the emphasis is clearly on headstrong body shocks designed for cavernous off-world clubs – the biting snarl of ‘Decoder’ – or futuristic festival settings with the entrancing arpeggios of ‘Inspection In Solitude’. Throughout we are ushered on with the rewarding feeling of movement. Elements modulate, build and eventually recede (see the two-tiered ‘Attribute 39’). ‘Perceiver’ presents an organic, flowing and modern take on techno – vitally alive, pulling us away from genre boundaries and more into the adventurous realms of electronica.
Written by E. Davenport