Published Feb 17, 2016Dutch electronic artist Jelle Kuipers' new EP Spangen is unique and difficult to assign a genre to; across four tracks that originally sound relaxed, Kuipers uses a wide array of clapping sounds and soothing synths to generate a sense of unrest and then build the intensity.
Spangen is the first release from Temparc Music, a new sister label from Wide Angle Recordings, and it lends itself well to the genre of thriller film soundtracks. Opening track "Dracht" is an eerie, metallic opener, experimental with dark undertones, that combines the calming side of electronica with a latent sense of urgency. Its ambience can be described as the merging of nature with a flurry of urban beats; the result is almost lonely. "Gezellig" and "Lejeans" are eerie in their own right, but transfer the listeners from a frazzled state to a dream-like one with the tracks' therapeutic drum-tapping and hazy synth cloud. "Putidub" is the most upbeat of Kuipers' four songs, a departure from the dark and ghostly vibe whose catchy and rhythm-heavy sound makes it feel almost playful.
By ending on this note, Kuipers hints at a whole body of work he's yet to create that plays with an array of different moods, but it's the overwhelmingly dark side of Spangen that makes it a beautiful first effort for Temparc Music. (Temparc Music)