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album: open sea (lp/ digital)

hunter complex-open sea

release date:
january 23 2019 (mondo edition)
february 22 2019 (streaming services)
march 1 2019 (retail edition)
format: lp / digital
label: death waltz originals

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The long awaited new LP Open Sea by Dutch artist Hunter Complex will be released on January 23 2019 on Death Waltz Originals, sublabel of Mondo Records and Death Waltz Recording Company. The LP was mastered by James Plotkin; the stunning artwork was created by Eric Adrian Lee.

Open Sea (a wholly instrumental affair) is the third Hunter Complex record to date and the follow-up to the critically acclaimed LP Heat from 2013. MOJO Magazine praised the ‘techno-pop and movie score dramatics’, Norman Records rated the album 9 out of 10 and the Quietus praised ‘the strong positivism that leaks from the melodic and warm synths’.

Spencer Hickman (label manager Mondo Records / Death Waltz Recording Company) on Open Sea: ‘The long awaited new LP from Hunter Complex features ten tracks of supreme synth goodness that are at the same time retro and totally futuristic. It’s musically rich in ideas: melodies intertwine with soaring synths and 80s style drum machines, but it never feels like a pastiche or a carbon copy of a bygone era. The hooks on this record are incredible, it’s mix of warm analog and bright digital synths are at a layer of complexity that most records in this genre can’t manage to achieve.’

death waltz

Death Waltz is famous for its tasteful reissues of legendary soundtracks by John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi, Ennio Morricone, Angelo Badalamenti, Bruno Nicolai and Riz Ortolani, as well as bold new work from the likes of Steve Moore, Rob, Clint Mansell, Umberto and Jeff Grace and groundbreaking new excursions into sound (courtesy of the Death Waltz Originals imprint) by Deadly Avenger, Graham Reznick, Pye Corner Audio, Antoni Maiovvi, Pentagram Home Video, Le Matos, Wojciech Golczewski and Timothy Fife.

hunter complex

Hunter Complex is the moniker of Lars Meijer, a well-known figure in the Dutch underground and co-owner of the Narrominded label. In the late 1990s, Meijer began releasing music under the name, Larz. His early releases are best described as lo-fi pop. Meijer also released several albums with the improvisational electro-acoustic band Psychon Troopers and electronic music duo Living Ornaments before he started working as Hunter Complex in 2008.

tracklisting

side one

1.night city
2.the heart of high places
3.chase manhattan
4.we fought for america
5.crows zero

side two

1.white water
2.a float for a marker
3.original vision
4.white sunlight
5.account of the moon

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reviews

‘The memory of a video before it’s rewound.’
louder than war

‘It combines the best in 80s synth pop, Italo disco and cosmic synth, but all within the length of a pop song. All of these pieces are highly melodic, ranging from minor chords to jubilant major ones. Sad at times, joyous at others; fat bass lines, analogue synth arpeggios and sometimes very crispy digital ones. (…) Another first-class record by Hunter Complex.’
vital weekly

Open Sea is an album that can grab you immediately, but will only reveal its deeper layers with repeated listening. (…) They are clever, well-worked out compositions that are far from clinical and also leave something to the imagination. Excellent.’
opduvel

‘The Death Waltz Originals release sees Meijer at the very top of his game. Open Sea is a shimmering oasis of 80s-inspired rhythms and crystalline synthesizers that act as a soundtrack to some non-existent place in 80s history. It’s gorgeous, mysterious, and captures your attention from the moment you hit play.’
8,2 / 10
complex distractions

‘A versatile and compelling beautiful album.’
de subjectivisten

‘A bastard child of Kraftwerk and Klaus Schulze. Ambient with balls.’
frnkfrt

‘Hunter Complex, AKA Dutch musician Lars Meijer, pairs dreamy and majestic cinematic synthscapes with a tight synth-funk and synth-pop foundation, creating an atmosphere of endless possibilities with the kinesis of the dance floor.’
vehlinggo

‘Synth scores that are nearly futuristic yet universal.’
brutal resonance

Open Sea by Hunter Complex is like watching the 1980s film adaption of Dune while playing Out Run on a Sega console and seeing your kids play with an unknown but familiar dog on the beach with the skyline of San Francisco in the background.’
theo ploeg

album: heat (lp / digital)

hunter complex - heat frontrelease date: september 6 2013
format: lp / digital
label: narrominded

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Heat is the new LP from Holland’s Hunter Complex, a record that looks to balance a functional (and very Dutch) ‘utility pop’ with a whole host of disturbing hints and suggestions. It’s a slightly unnerving listen, despite its attractive and powerful sweeps of melody. Recorded between 2010 and 2012, Heat manages – often very successfully – to persuade the listener that they’re tuning into a strange mix of Moroder’s film scores and ‘81-‘82 era Simple Minds. Digital synths, like the Roland D-50 and Yamaha DX7, give everything a suitably ‘period feel’. And the keys on Space are straight off Sons and Fascination, for example. Severed Heads covering China Crisis? Chris and Cosey making symphonic advert music in downtown LA? We can but dream.

But enough comparisons. Despite the LP wearing its sources of inspiration on its sleeve, and despite the fact that our descriptive narratives have (inevitably) to follow suit, it’s a seductive listen. Queasy, paranoid synth washes, rich, gloopy bass tones and weighty electronic stabs of rhythm drive the music on. The record’s got a feel of Stalker about it; cinematic, a taste of future-past served up on a plastic plate. Joep van Lieshout’s vision for communal living maybe, or a future that’s just out of reach, probably because it never escaped being imaginary.

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album: hunter complex (cd / digital)

hunter complex - hunter complex outside frontrelease date: february 2 2010
format: cd / digital
label: narrominded

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Hunter Complex is the moniker of Lars Meijer. On his self titled debut album he moves from synthpop to electro and from italo to new wave. Just like the European electronic acts The Tough Alliance, Neon Neon, JJ, M83 and Delorean, there’s an imperative reference to the eighties in the music of Hunter Complex. Not only in the sound, but especially because of that intangible feeling. Meijer: ‘It’s a feeling that switches between whimsicality and melancholy. You can see that for example in Miami Vice – true television of the eighties: subtropical beaches, flamingos, but also nocturnal streets full of muggy evil.’

Around the turn of the century, under the name Larz, he created two lo-fi pop albums that reached a cult-status internationally. ‘Call Larz another bedroom genius – which he is, but he’s got that extra bit of special something about him’, Allmusic.com said at the time. In the years after his Larz albums Meijer broadened himself in experimental electronic music with the groups Psychon and Living Ornaments. With the last act his also released music on the legendary Skam label. Meijer: ‘After these experiments I thought it was time for pop music again. I’ve been walking around with the idea of this record full of synthpop songs for a long time, but in the last ten years I’ve finally learned how to actually produce it.’

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