Pantha du Prince - Black Noise (Dbl LP)
Sleek, pared-down techno from Hendrik Weber, whose post-punk/shoegaze-inspired approach and collaborations wooed indie rockers.
Pantha Du Prince fuses house, techno, shoegazy electronica and psychedelic electro-acoustic soundscapes into music that is at once both beautiful and bewitching.
Pantha has released several recordings to date through the respected German label Dial Records, which is run by and for its artists. His previous album This Bliss, was a bittersweet take on techno, which appealed to both dancefloors and living rooms alike and was hugely successful. As a result he has become an in-demand remixer and has done tracks for Depeche Mode, Animal Collective, Bloc Party, Phantom/Ghost, The Long Blondes, Blonde Redhead, Cold Cave and many others.
On his new album, Pantha Du Prince, who lives in Berlin and Paris, claims: music slumbers in all matter; any sound, even silence, is already music. The mission, then, must be to render audible what is unheard and unheard of: black noise, a frequency that is inaudible to man. Black noise often presages natural disasters, earthquakes or floods; only some animals perceive this as calm before the storm. Black noise is something archaic and earthy. The music on Black Noise balances precariously on the slippery threshold between art and nature, between techno and folklore, which lends it a certain spectral and intangible aspect.
Black Noise also features a couple of special guests, Noah Lennox of Animal Collective sings on "Stick To My Side" and Tyler Pope of !!! and LCD Soundsystem plays bass on "The Splendour".