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Hessel Veldman

Eigen Boezem

Stroom TV

Released: 8th June 2020

2xLP£26.99 Buy Now In Stock. Dispatched today.

OBSESSED with this. A superlative collection of subterranean, humanized machine music. Smothered in the compressed sound arising from recording in the red straight to tape, Veldman's world is highly addictive, with drum machine experimentation giving way to trance-like krautrock excursions into the inner, blood and guts cosmos. This collection is testament to the human potential unleashed in the early 80s democratisation of the music-making process. Veldman's compositions veer from dryly comic meditations on societal loneliness - as in the ghostly Everyone Has Left Us Tonight - which sounds like Fad Gadget on downers, while the cold analog funk of Truth Will Be Cold recalls Throbbing Gristle in the vocal drawl and unrelenting, lo-fi crack of the percussion. It's a complete world Veldman is offering, dank and dark at the start, but full of humanity and electricity once you're sucked into his damp void.

"Tucked away in the Dutch underground of the early 80’s a young Hessel Veldman created his own music world in the small industrial sea town of IJmuiden. It was a world recorded on tapes and reels. A world where things happened according to personal logic based on sonic exploration, electronic sounds and improvisation. The approach was intimate, at times light-hearted, but often following deep inner contemplation and total immersion in the creative process. Above all, music was made according to the Do-It-Yourself principle of the home-taping culture."