HURON: The Other Side of Reality CD Raumklang Music
Wired electronics come to life, as scattered sparks and flutter between beats and pads, representing the landscape that is the opener, ‘Dark Fields’; and a heartbeat carries the birth of this new machine forward into the reverberated landscape of ‘Silent Hills’. Huron provide tracks that split down the middle into two halves, with a complex framework of glitch ridden sounds; that provide an abrasive bedrock for a sea of chamber dripping piano and pads, to drag themselves across, occasionally stumbling through the cracks.
As a prime example of how to precisely piece together shards of scattered IDM, Huron has clearly nailed this down to clinical perfection; every note has its place, every scrape has a purpose, every beat the appropriate level of thump.
However, with trying to achieve something so undeniably spot on, there is a downside to this album (albeit a very small misgiving). ‘The Other Side of Reality’ is so on the money, there is the tendency to lose the necessary humanity that plucks on the heart strings and sets the hairs on the back of your neck on end. With every note brutally scrubbed with an aural antiseptic, the only downside is that there is a tendency somewhat to become detached from the music and watch it flow from afar; as if viewed on a giant screen, rather than taking part.
As I said though, this is an almost insignificant grievance on what is overall an excellent example of programming wonder. Dripping with atmosphere, it’s clear that Steffen Schröder takes his work seriously; and regardless of my minor quibbles there is much on this latest album to marvel at. Influences are many and it won’t take much for any self-respecting IDM aficionado to work these out and applaud Huron for matching his peers’ technicality and class.