za 23 mrt 2019
FAQ Festival met Locust + Knalpot
Locust + Knalpot
For nearly 40 years, English producer Mark Van Hoen has been making challenging music that eludes easy categorization under his own name, as Locust, and in the groups Autocreation, Scala, and Drøne. While his output has skirted around the fringes of IDM, techno, trip-hop, ambient, drone, and electropop, it has mutated these genres’ elements in distinctive ways, revealing a mind always questing for unprecedented sounds.
Born in 1966, London, England Mark is an English electronic music composer and producer.. He has released seminal and influential recordings under his own name as well as Locust, in additional to a multitude of collaborations with other artists including Robert Fripp, and members of Slowdive, Cocteau Twins and Seefeel. Pitchfork said, “Musically, Van Hoen belongs to a distinguished family tree. Originally influenced by the likes of Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream, and later presaging both Autechre’s glitch and Boards of Canada’s pastoral IDM.”
Mark has released records on several highly respected independent labels such as R&S, Editions Mego and 4AD as well as the major labels Sire, Sony and Warner Brothers. Most enduringly, his relationship with Touch, a UK-based label founded in 1982, stretches back over 25 years. His recent Touch release “Invisible Threads” has been universally praised, and shows a new approach in a spectral, submersive, almost neo-Classical composition style, revealing subtle influences from Touch luminaries such as Philip Jeck, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Claire M Singer.
Over the past eleven years Knalpot’s Gerri Jäger, Raphael Vanoli and Sandor Caron have become a strong working trio. They belong to the most uncompromising electronic rock acts of this day and have performed extensively all over Europe, Russia and Brazil including many major festivals. They have collaborated with Manu Delago and Graduale Nobili (Björk), Rabih Beaini (Morphosis), Eirikur Olafsson (Sigur Rós, mùm), Jozef Dumoulin (Keiji Heino), Fred Frith (John Zorn, Mike Patton), Aardvarck (Rednose District) and Ensemble Klang.
Knalpot took a two year sabbatical to develop a completely new set. The album “Dierendag” (release on october 3rd through SHHPUMA/Clean Feed) marks a new beginning and shows that the band surpassed itself with an even more massive and unique sounddesign and singular approach: Drone-zone walls fluently morph into a pop song, big-time distorted drums mingle with sweet Bach-like guitar, otherworldly blown guitars are layered with processed drums and synths. The new tracks are more danceable while Knalpot trademarks like vivid energy, stumblegrooves and their omnipresent sense of joy, freshness and freedom remain.
Gerri Jäger: drums, synths, electronics
Raphael Vanoli: guitar, electronics, bass-synth
Sandor Caron: sounddesign