BEAST (koen holtkamp)
the clarity of his execution and naturalistic development of each piece’s symbiotic, synaethestic bind of rhythm, harmony and spatial dynamic is nothing short of breathtaking.
holtkamp embraces the lush maximalism of ‘70s ’Process Music’ and mannered ‘80s pop minimalism as Beast, making a radical but logical departure from his atomically-detailed modular synth recordings of the past decade. this is the most rhythmically focussed material in his catalogue of solo and collaborative works. On the first of two Beast volumes, we hear this ‘Process’-oriented approach at its rawest and most hypnotic in three parts edited from real time performance; firstly in ‘Yesterday’ with a gloriously effervescent yet precise side of chattering Reichian percussion and brownian electronic squabble that precipitates Can-like rolling breaks and beautifully moody bass synth swells.