Perceiver

by Peter Van Hoesen

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about

'Perceiver', is Peter Van Hoesen's second album following 2010's 'Entropic City'. It presents clear evidence of Van Hoesen's continual experiments into sound. With a clear progression, the album ascends patiently from perplexing sound pieces into fierce club-ready movements, spanning 60 minutes.

Sourced from enough material to fill two albums, 'Perceiver' represents a huge body of work - an audio collage, spanning reduced modular electronics, richly textured electronica and intricate, diverse techno.

The opening tracks of the LP explore gently-abstract and rhythmic zones. It is clear that intricacy and diversity are high on Van Hoesen's sonic agenda. The album's initial voyage, 'Objects From The Past', or the revolving organic details of 'Spectral Participant', are but a few examples of the depth and scope of this new work.

Further on, 'Perceiver' becomes focused on headstrong contemporary techno. Cavernous off-world club tracks - the biting snarl of 'Decoder' - or the futuristic festival moments like 'Inspection In Solitude' with its entrancing arpeggios, lead us toward the album's conclusion.

Vitally alive, pulling the listener away from genre boundaries and into the more adventurous realms of electronica, 'Perceiver' offers a telling insight into the explorations of a producer who is driven forward by new discoveries in sound.

Review selection:

"The beauty is in the marriage between hugely oversized sounds, swathes of echo and delay, and the more delicate touches that draw you in closer then lock you in place. " - Resident Advisor

"With Perceiver, Peter Van Hoesen continues his journey as arch frequency manipulator apace. A convincing, multi-layered set, that further cements Time To Express as the go-to imprint for out-of-body techno expansionism." - Little White Earbuds

"... a perception altering album." - Juno Plus

"Und auch wenn Peter Van Hoesen seinen staubwirbelnden Weg fortsetzt, wählt er allerlei noisige Umwege und doch denkt man schon ab der Hälfte, er hätte den kürzesten Weg gewählt. Es fühlt sich einfach alles richtig an. Eine Gewissheit, mit der es sich gleich schneller laufen lässt. Und so wunderschön kompromisslos wie die gerade Bassdrum nun zum Vorschein kommt, so spielerisch schafft es Van Hoesen auch, eben diese wieder aufzubrechen und unter einer wabernden Melodiedecke verschwinden zu lassen." - Groove

"... apprezziamo già il fatto che l’artista abbia sempre voluto portare nei suoi album una visione della techno olistica, allargata, anche coraggiosa.
Per quel che mi riguarda abbiamo a che fare con un ottimo lavoro e con un artista di classe." - Electronique.it

"Matters get knotty, IDM-like with 'Attack On The Reality Principle' and shift into aerodynamic formation with a run of sleek, signature 4/4 propulsion in the like of 'Nefertiti', the trancey flutters of 'Inspection In Solitude' and 'Raptures Coming', leaving the high-grade DJ tackle to the muscular thrust of 'Decoder', and resolving techiest inclination with the aquatech torque of 'Europa / Unlit Bonfire'. Class." - Boomkat

"Il serait tentant d’envisager chaque partie indépendamment de l’autre. Pourtant, la force de cet album est de permettre à la première partie plus expérimentale et immersive de préparer l'auditeur au déferlement de la seconde, dark et oppressante. Le liant est cette noirceur qui teinte ces 11 titres. Sous ses atours éclatés, Perceiver est en fait un album doté d'une réelle cohérence." - Goute Mes Disques

credits

released September 3, 2012

Written and produced by Peter Van Hoesen.
Mastered by Matt Colton at Air Studios, London.

Album illustration by Peter Van Hoesen. Layout by Yko.

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Time To Express was founded in 2008. It represents qualitative, contemporary techno, often with a deep psychedelic and bass-heavy twist.

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