Huron :: Fissure EP (Mindtrick)

An emblematic burrow of sculpted sound and vision, morphed and collected to the nth degree, Fissure maneuver’s leftfield ambient layers and industrial-electronic precision in a full panoramic perspective.

Huron :: Fissure EP (Mindtrick)

I’m not sure how this one got buried in the influx of review submissions as Huron’s intense sound is tried and true and I usually hoist his music to the top of the list. While sorting through some releases for a recent road trip up the Central Coast of California, I noticed this four-track EP snugly fit between a couple behemoth compilations and am regretting not having dived full-force into it. His back-catalog is worth further investigation for those that may have missed this definitive hard-edged ambient/IDM smorgasbord. Fissure is no different, and it certainly created a good back-drop to the Pacific Coast Highway scenery.

Berlin-based Steffen Schröder works up this darkened downtempo sonic slab for Netherlands’ Mindtrick, an established imprint operating in the far reaches of abstract electronic music from various coordinates of our planet. Discogs has a spot-on description for Huron’s style calling it “…glitchy and destructive beat-structures, crispy percussion and dark emotional/melancholic pads.” Each piece on Fissure evokes time stretched glitch and corroded thuds weaving through a post-industrial haze.

Brooding deep bass and chiseled electronic deformation are joined to subtle melodic extracts. Unfolding these rhythmic detours, Huron distills a prime audio soup, letting textural detail simmer and collate as each elongated track hovers over the 6-minute mark. An emblematic burrow of sculpted sound and vision, morphed and collected to the nth degree, Fissure maneuver’s leftfield ambient layers and industrial-electronic precision in a full panoramic perspective. Emotive, melancholic and pensive, Huron reinvigorates skeletal industrial remains and reshapes them into futuristic downbeat soundtracks.

Don’t let this one sit as long as I (unfortunately) did, it merits repeated listening and is testament to the artists’ penchant for keeping the proverbial IDM torch well lit.

Fissure is available on Mindtrick.

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