Gentle percussion, caressing synth ripples and progressive build ups impress on the latest record from Austrian duo HVOB, but the uplifting vocals are what really makes it stand out from this years list of long players. Following HVOB, Trialog and Silk, as their fourth studio album, the 13-tracker is evidence that Anna Muller and Paul Wallner have matured since their early work with Stil Vor Talent allowed them to share their sound with the world. An eclectic spread of many
genres, the album should satisfy most tastes without much effort through rumbling techno, live drums, warming electronica and a consistent ambience that brings a subtle hint of melancholia to the party. Eraser and Zinc from the tracklist have also been given edits by Vril and Matrixxman, so check those out for sure.
Where to start:
‘2nd World’ – Dreamy vocals, soft melodies and lofi drum rhythms
‘Butter’ – Roaring techno anthem with a dust-coated attitude
‘Zinc’ – Spacey tech atmospherics and warping synths that open up in the breakdown
Previous from HVOB:
Silk LP (2017, Tragen)
Trialog LP (2015, Stil Vor Talent)
If you like this then check out:
Jan Blomqvist – Disconnected LP (2018, Armada)
Monolink – Amniotic (2018, Embassy One)
HVOB’s Rocco LP is out now on [PIAS] Recordings.