- Release Date 2016-07-08
- Label Hush Hush
- Catalog HH069
Album opener "Subduction (Continental Version)" gradually eases the listener into Hanssen's futuristic landscape. A bubbling synth arpeggio organically swells for two minutes before a precisely manipulated vocal sample enters the mix, creating a hypnotic bed of shape-shifting beats that float somewhere between outer-galactic instrumental hip-hop and weightless grime. "Coconut Palm Forest" then dips into the most straightforward dancefloor track on the album, bolstered by a stellar guest appearance from Toronto-based vocalist Piper Davis. Her gliding vocals and imaginative lyrics find a cozy home in Hanssen's transportive beats. Laser-like synths then lead the way on "We Went Too Far Forward," a loose and optimistic instrumental jam that sneaks in a jazzy keyboard solo in the song's latter half.
"A Great Distance" serves as the album's intermission by ushering in one of Hanssen's most beautiful tracks to date, a largely beatless mix of otherworldly atmospherics, gentle piano, and dulcet guitar notes that filter the album's exploratory nature into a blissful ambient/post-rock zone. Emerging out of this warm, welcoming space is "Patriot Survival Plan, a potent mix of kosmiche, tech-house, and New Age that works a constantly moving synth line through a throbbing drum rhythm destined for the most adventurous clubs. The epic multi-movement "My Dream Was A Dial Tone, parts 1 & 2" provides Transit's final main journey before returning back to home base on "Maybe Next Life," a sleek and funky mid-tempo groove that wraps up on the album on a refreshingly bright, upbeat tone.
Arguably Hanssen's most confident and expressive release to date, Transit documents a constantly evolving artist fully embracing a voice and style that is authentic and assured. Also a deceptively personal album that covers a vast sonic range in an impressively thoughtful and congruous manner, Hanssen is taking the listener on an exquisite cosmic voyage, but also wants a party a little bit more this time around.