People who are familiar with the Dutch label Narrominded probably will agree that Hunter Complex, the project from Lars Meijer is the most radio friendly artist in their catalogue. Not that they play it on the radio, but it could be.
Hours is the second single that is taken from the Heat-album and you’ll find, apart from the title track, two mixes from both Drvg Cvltvre and The No.
It’s hard to pin down the style but I think that you can say that Hours sound like a minimal version from a Miami Vice added with a touch of early Clan Of Xymox. Yeah, I know…talking about strange combinations!
But seeing that this single has been made with the heavenly Yamaha DX7 makes me feel that I’m right! And before you start laughing, Miami Vice is the coolest thing I can think of.
85 / 100
The second album for Lars Meijer’s solo project, he now investigates 80’s soundtracks. With his first album he distilled synthpop from bands like Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode and Level 42, now the artwork tells you a lot about his influences. Stills from movies like They Live, Capricorn One, Prince Of Darkness and others suggest a soundtrack fitting for series like Airwolf, Miami Vice and McGyver. And apart from the few songs where he sings, it is exactly that.
At first I did not think much of it, I’m not waiting for a visit into Jan Hammer’s mind… But there’s more to this album, if you are patient enough, you can peel away those layers of amateur synth bliss and discover some truly honest and profound emotions. Daylight is the most rewarding song, I love the scant specks of guitar, it gives it a whole new dimension. After that you can lay back in your Cadillac and glide through the landscape that’s vibrating with heat (Highway Hypnosis).
Sure it’s crummy and naive, as well as completely superfluous. So why is it I like this album? Well I guess Lars is just an honest guy with lots of love for this kind of music and that love seeps through the seams of kitsch… And didn’t we all love Mickey Rourke, David Hasselhoff and Tom Selleck? A good one!
Oh yeah, don’t doubt for too long, it’s available since september and only 100 copies each in transparent or black vinyl… And if you want to see him live, 7 december he plays @ Kinkystar in Gent!