Orson Hentschel – ‘Electric Stutter’

Posted by on October 4, 2017

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On his second album in as many years, composer/multimedia artist Orson Hentschel continues exploring tense repetition of short phrases, often building big, dramatic pieces starting with a single stuck-in-the-machine sound. However, Electric Stutter is more melodic overall and even more nuanced than its predecessor Feed The Tape. The pieces are still built on glitchy repetition, but there’s more instances of notes being played by synthesizers here, rather than samples. It’s a bit more inspired by electronic pop and trip-hop than the more minimalism-influenced first album — but as there aren’t any lyrics it comes closer to sounding like modern film soundtracks, particularly on standouts like the ominous, bracing “Paradise Future.”

While “Paradise Future” seems climactic, the rest of the album is actually lot more spacious. “Single Night” is a more relaxed downtempo cut, evoking early Autechre but with live drum sounds. It also has more pulsating bass tones than most Hentschel pieces, but hits a point in the middle where the beats stammer and start to bubble over. “Machine Boy” throws heavy blasts of crushing, wavy white noise into the mix at certain moments, along with eerie yet playful horror flick synths. “Tremoli” is the longest track, and it seems to be nothing more than a few loosely connected synth sequences, with a shimmering, cascading one catching the bulk of the listener’s attention, with a slowly waving foghorn-like drone in the background to keep things dramatic. Hentschel’s performances are apparently spectacles involving light arrangements and fog, and a full audio-visual experience of “Tremoli” sounds like it would be truly mind-bending.

Electric Stutter is available to preview and purchase from Orson Hentschel’s Bandcamp.