11 Songs, 1 Hour 10 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you’re unfamiliar with German electronic musician Hendrik Weber and his work under the name of Pantha du Prince, Black Noise is as strong a starting point as any. His much lauded previous works, Diamond Daze and This Bliss, show an artist confidently making a name for himself in the realm of soothing, soundscapist electronica, and along the way, working with artists like Bloc Party and Animal Collective (that’s A.C.’s Noah Lennox singing on “Stick to My Side”).  From the bucolic, sunrise vibe of “Lay In a Shimmer” right through to album closer “Es Schneit” (“It’s Snowing,” a children’s winter chant/nursery rhyme), Weber shows his gift for synching up sounds that mimic cracking ice, percussive bamboo, forest footsteps, and weathered bells with handclaps and beats propelled by the gentlest of forces. Like the pastoral cover art, the music within is light and buoyant, calming and restorative, even when the pace picks up and the edges become a bit sharper (“A Nomad’s Retreat,” “Behind the Stars”). An ambient gauze wraps much of the collection (especially “Welt am Draht” and “Im Bann”), giving Black Noise its appealing, subdued timbre.

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you’re unfamiliar with German electronic musician Hendrik Weber and his work under the name of Pantha du Prince, Black Noise is as strong a starting point as any. His much lauded previous works, Diamond Daze and This Bliss, show an artist confidently making a name for himself in the realm of soothing, soundscapist electronica, and along the way, working with artists like Bloc Party and Animal Collective (that’s A.C.’s Noah Lennox singing on “Stick to My Side”).  From the bucolic, sunrise vibe of “Lay In a Shimmer” right through to album closer “Es Schneit” (“It’s Snowing,” a children’s winter chant/nursery rhyme), Weber shows his gift for synching up sounds that mimic cracking ice, percussive bamboo, forest footsteps, and weathered bells with handclaps and beats propelled by the gentlest of forces. Like the pastoral cover art, the music within is light and buoyant, calming and restorative, even when the pace picks up and the edges become a bit sharper (“A Nomad’s Retreat,” “Behind the Stars”). An ambient gauze wraps much of the collection (especially “Welt am Draht” and “Im Bann”), giving Black Noise its appealing, subdued timbre.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

IPbroker ,

Wow!

It's fascinating to see/ hear the evolution of "Krautdub" 2.0. The influences of Kraftwerk and CAN are certainly evident, as well as those artists associated with the excellent Kompakt label. All tracks are quite enthralling; along with the new Massive Attack, this is certainly a great start to the new year. If you like "Panda Bears", you will receive a nice bonus on "Stick to My Side."

la musique est la vie ,

Gorgeous music

It's rare to find an album with rich bass lines, atmosphere, and luscious chords. Take it from someone who typically doesn't buy entire albums, buy this entire album!

Tenderloin067 ,

Immensely entertaining

A beautiful album. The tracks progress nicely and keep things interesting. Lots of great beats and basslines, as well as wonderful acoustic bell sounds and lots of atmosphere. Its really good!

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