- Release Date 2018-11-05
- Label Dekmantel
- Catalog DKMNTLPATTA10
The EP is built around its starting track 'Theme', a headlong narration of beatless, acid-synth textures, and alien melodies. A humbling warm intro into the world of Palmbomen, a.k.a. Kai Hugo, and his idiosyncratic approach to analogue-composition. 'Theme (Drum Version)' takes this beautiful score and turns it into a full-on, acid-house, rave-cut, replete for the techno heads, and Detroit freaks alike. Virtuous in its drum machine rhythms, Roland kicks and acid tweaks, the Drum Version is a throwback, 120 bpm house-jam of the highest Palmbomen-standard. The following tracks on the EP explore the Dutchman's fuzzy, nostalgic, synth-fetishism. 'Study B' could easily be an out-take from a great Autechre record. 'Study D' is a darker trip into horror territory with darker overtones, and haunted textures, while 'Study E' sits as playful jam with Warp Record like attributes.
Palmbomen II is is the electronic-focused, alter-ego of Palmbomen. With several LPs to his name, varying between instrumental disco, and orchestral synth scoring, Kai Hugo now lives in Los Angeles making music full time. He'll return to Europe in the summer to play the Dekmantel Festival in Amsterdam. Palmbomen is Dutch for 'palm trees'.