][uron :: Tracks 2008-2010 (Self-Released)

Tracks 2008-2010 is a great starting point for the Huron sound—a musical curriculum vitae that features relaxed, next-level electronic audio-works. From post-industrial slivers to dark-ambient realms, soundtrack-driven themes are elevated to reveal new layers of isolation.

Steffen Schröder (better known as the prolific Huron) has been on my radar for several years. Continuing to cultivate futuristic and dystopian worlds, Tracks 2008-2010 culls “old” electronic fragments and molds them into a revamped 15-pc set. From post-industrial slivers to dark-ambient realms, soundtrack-driven themes are elevated to reveal new layers of isolation. A highlight takes shape on “Glitchy Globe”—embarking on a slow-moving, solemn and mysterious voyage. In other sonic crossroads, Huron steps into a minefield of glitch, clicks, and distilled bleeps as noted on “Organic Toy” and “Ergonomic.” A skilled sound (and visual) designer in his own right, Schröder ruffles through classic armchair electronics and forges timeless sculptures that fans of early Gridlock, Access To Arasaka, Kattoo, and Richard Devine would enjoy. Punctuated beats maneuver easily through sharp rhythms, but that’s not all there is in store. The Berlin-based musician is able to extract pure emotion from a myriad of digital tones and drones—”Chaotic” is emblematic of this fact. Soft mechanical pulses, blips, clips, and noticeable tension is unleashed within each piece. Some tracks run parallel to each other as evidenced on “Sea” and “Autumn rain1″—articulated percussive jolts merge into sublime DSP-laden ventricles with nothing but precision. Tracks 2008-2010, in summary, is a great starting point for the Huron sound—a musical curriculum vitae that features relaxed, next-level electronic audio-works.

Tracks 2008-2010 is available on Bandcamp.

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