2 september 2022 (bandcamp)
3 september 2022 (streaming platforms)
late september 2022 (vinyl)
format: lp (special edition orange and pink vinyl, 100 copies) / limited edition pink vinyl, 200 copies) / digital
label: burning witches records
buy vinyl on bandcamp
special edition orange and pink vinyl w/ printed inner sleeve and obi strip, 100 copies
limited edition pink vinyl w/ printed inner sleeve and obi strip, 200 copies
‘Shuttles between ambient New Age, filmic nostalgia and improv exploration.’
**** (4) mojo magazine
‘Airports and Ports by Hunter Complex is peerless, full of tranquility and sonic comfort’
***** (5) de volkskrant
‘This collection takes fresh inspiration from kosmische and spiritual jazz.’
‘The fifth album convinces purely instrumentally with exciting arrangements.’
‘On Airports and Ports Meijer made his grandest musical statement yet, incorporating jazz elements and even symphonic touches that brings to mind both what came before as well as early CTI releases from Freddie Hubbard and even the great Mark Isham.’
‘Just beautiful’ (…) ‘with such a smashing cover on it too, just great art’
‘The structure and song sequence are so sophisticated and compelling that I immediately reach for the play button again.’
‘Airports and Ports succeeds in adding a sense of the optimistic adventure of life on the outside whilst simultaneously transporting your imagination.’
‘This fifth Hunter Complex album is still characteristic and familiar, but the shifts in emphasis and musical enrichments lend the music a refreshing beauty and benevolence.’
**** (4) written in music
‘The more abstract mood suits Airports and Ports well’
‘All of the musical guests on Airports and Ports help to create the addictive soundscapes that are on offer. Alexander Hawkins adds piano textures that grab hold of one’s ears, Aquiles Navarro sounds like no other trumpet player I’ve ever heard and creates scintillating sounds. Kat Epple’s flute performance is serene and ethereal, Justin Sweatt’s guitar work brings an otherworldly mood to the album and Jantijn Prins’ acoustic guitar weaves warm textures into the music. Coen Oscar Polack’s field recordings contribute more interesting sonic depth to the album.’
‘The album is a living experience, embarking on a great expedition in a pastel-colored sea made of layers of rhythms and atmospheric synths, where each song plays like a chapter in a story book with unexpected twists, turns, adventure, and landscapes.’
in the moog
‘Airports and Ports is more peaceful than expected given the monikers of the artist and label.’
a closer listen
‘For me, a new release by Hunter Complex is a big thing.’
‘May very well be his best album yet’ (…) Airports and Ports is a triumph in sonic joy.’
‘Absolutely fantastic (…) stunning artwork (…) what a great album’
‘Airports And Ports sounds very diverse within the dreamy ambient niche and continues to surprise both in diversity and with strong melodies.’
The new Hunter Complex album Airports and Ports arrives Friday 2 September 2022 on Burning Witches Records and features contributions from Aquiles Navarro (trumpet, Irreversible Entanglements), new age legend Kat Epple (flute, Emerald Web), Alexander Hawkins (piano, Louis Moholo-Moholo), Justin Sweatt (aka Xander Harris, guitar) and Coen Oscar Polack (field recordings). Airports and Ports is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed synth albums Dead Calm and Zero Degrees (Burning Witches, 2020) and Open Sea (Death Waltz, 2019) and takes a new direction with influences from new age, ethereal jazz and krautrock. The gorgeous artwork was created by Luke Insect.Continue reading album: airports and ports (lp / digital)
release date: 18 june 2021
label: burning witches records
Dead Sea is an 80-minute compilation of live tracks recorded at various locations in The Netherlands between 29 August 2013 and 14 September 2017. These tracks were later released on the albums Open Sea (Death Waltz Originals, 2019) and Dead Calm and Zero Degrees (Burning Witches Records, 2020) and the EP Rain in Europe (Burning Witches Records, 2020). Artwork by kid-ethic.
1.dead sea part i: dead calm and zero degrees / hot streets / june gloom / riptide / night city / the heart of high places / chase manhattan
2.dead sea part ii: we fought for america / white water / account of the moon / street value / coral way / sleep wave / televison sky
release date: 5 february 2021
label: music is the devil
‘The Sea Without An Edge, by Hunter Complex, has some lovely layers of synth patches that create another worldly, ethereal ambience.’
‘A predictably glorious slab of weepy, widescreen electronica (…) his music always delivers.’
richard james foster
38 choice cuts of magical electronica from some of the most exciting talents on the scene.
The tracks represent what is played on the Magic Window radio show that airs on Mad Wasp Radio and is presented by Letters From Mouse.
The artists were all invited to contribute to the album which is being released in partnership with Music Is The Devil who are great friends to the show.
Mad Wasp Radio is an independent radio station with a wide range of shows for every musical taste. The station do not play adverts so rely on listener donations to operate. Operating a radio station that is full licensed is an expensive business so all money from sales of this album will go directly to the station. This is a thank you for giving independent artists and labels a platform to reach more listeners.
A huge thank you to the artists for getting involved and producing some amazing music, this is a stunning collection which we hope people will enjoy.
Thank you to James and the Music Is The Devil crew for partnering on this project, their support of the show and the station and for being a super cool label.