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The blissful sounds of Pantha du Prince…

Pantha Du Prince released an album in 2007 on Dial records that I didn’t hear until recently. Which means that I’m sometimes totally out of the loop when it comes to great electronic music even though I download massive loads of stuff. I just don’t have time to digest anything at once, especially in avant-garde music. However more rewarding it’s also a more demanding listen. Henrik Weber is the man behind Pantha Du Prince and I will say that This bliss is probably the album that has impressed me the most in recent electronic releases, experimental or not. His music has a string of influences that runs the gamut from classical music, Detroit techno and Shoegazer. Between ethereal waves and a warm grooving bassline, Pantha weaves strings together for an impressive and troubling synthesis, one which causes dissonance between its elements, just as it creates dissociation between its interplay.

The album flows along beautifully, maintaining its mood throughout, with the tracks first ascending, then intensifying, then dissipating, with the clatter of metallic and delayed percussions hitting with a loopscapes, like Asha. This Bliss mostly showcases the naturalist preoccupations of much recent German techno. For all its idiosyncracies, its lushness, this music is clearly the product of a mathematical environnement. It’s an album that’s as much rooted in My bloody valentine as it is in minimal tech-house. He seems to always bring in new elements in some songs which increases the interaction and makes his music much more engaging, sort of like Isolée. A track like Walden 2, is a testament to that ability. But my favorite track on the album and the one that stands out for me is Saturn Strobe. I found myself repeating it time after time. With its beautifully lush layers of strings sweeping the headphones, it creates a real feeling of open space that conjure up the imagery of glacial winterscapes, hence the naturalist concern mentionned below. This Bliss is a phenomenal piece of work. I’m just truly ashamed to have only discovered it in 2009 but it will stay in my playlist for a long time…

Pantha du prince : Saturn strobe [Dial : 2007 : This bliss]

Pantha du prince : Asha [Dial : 2007 : This bliss]

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