THE PLAINTIVE by LOCUST

SKU114441
ArtistLOCUST
TitleTHE PLAINTIVE
LabelSUCTION RECORDS
Catalog #SUCTION 053
Genre
ReleaseW 37 - 2020
FormatVinyl - USLP
 € 19,99 incl. VAT, excl. shipping

Tracks

  1. answering now
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/suction_053_the_plaintive/a1_answering_now_1min_clip.mp3
  2. a beginning
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/suction_053_the_plaintive/a2_a_beginning_1min_clip.mp3
  3. let me see
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/suction_053_the_plaintive/a3_let_me_see_1min_clip.mp3
  4. music box
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/suction_053_the_plaintive/a4_music_box_1min_clip.mp3
  5. if you knew
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/suction_053_the_plaintive/a5_if_you_knew_1min_clip.mp3
  6. metals
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/suction_053_the_plaintive/b1_metals_1min_clip.mp3
  7. the longest day
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/suction_053_the_plaintive/b2_the_longest_day_1min_clip.mp3
  8. towers
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/suction_053_the_plaintive/b3_towers_1min_clip.mp3
  9. st cecilia
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/suction_053_the_plaintive/b4_st_cecilia_1min_clip.mp3
  10. out here
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/suction_053_the_plaintive/b5_out_here_1min_clip.mp3

Description

Locust - known for his seminal early '90s releases on R&S and Apollo Records, returns with a new LP and a new sound. 10 melodic synthscapes, with clear nods to Cluster and early-Kraftwerk. Jacket designed by The Designers Republic.

"Suction Records is thrilled to present a new vinyl release of “The Plaintive”, the first new album since 2014 by the legendary, and somewhat underrated electronic project of Mark Van Hoen, Locust. When Suction was formed in 1997, we were deeply enthralled with the UK “listening” electronic scene, otherwise known as electronica or IDM, but besides the obvious icons - Aphex Twin, Autechre, and other luminaries of labels like Rephlex, Warp, and Skam Records - one of our heroes was the lesser known Locust, whose productions were murkier, more hypnotic, and deeply organic sounding. Those early Locust records - released via R&S/Apollo Records - were, and have remained, firm favourites. Pouring through the Locust album liner notes back in the ‘90s, it was the first time we’d ever read of a “techno” artist using modular synthesizers to make modern music.

Earlier this year, Locust released “The Plaintive” as a 15-track CD/digital album, part of Touched Music’s “Touched By Silence” boxset, and the CD was sold out in a matter of hours. Having heard Locust’s contribution to the set, we were immediately smitten with the material, which sounded very much unlike the Locust of old, yet absolutely complimentary to Van Hoen’s murky, analog-synth past. Produced intermittently over a 5-year period, the tracks were created with a largely-digital eurorack modular system, alongside a selection of analog synthesizers, notably a newly-acquired Prophet 12 polysynth. While tracks like “If You Knew” and “Out Here” are reminiscent of classic Locust, much of “The Plaintive” shows us a new side to Locust - melodic, playful, and melancholic, with clear nods to the melodic electronic sounds of early pioneers like Cluster, early-Kraftwerk, or even OMD’s late-70s output.

For Suction’s vinyl release of “The Plaintive”, we’ve chosen 10 highlights from the original 15-track digital release, housed in a stunning The Designers Republic LP jacket, and limited to 500 copies."

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