HYSTERESIS: Hegemonia Cultural CD HANDS
Hysteresis are a strange bunch and definitely throw out albums that are for the more eclectic ear. I originally encountered them on ‘Will + Representation’, an album that threw many twists and turns, that whilst utterly bonkers, kept the listener guessing from start to finish.
The last release I heard from them was the fairly poor ‘Manifest’; and I kinda figured that this was another artist that lost it. Safe to say, this did put me on the back foot when approaching this latest output.
I am surprised to say however, that ‘Hegemonia Cultural’ shows Hysteresis coming back with a vengeance. Taking notes from earlier output and washing it down with a modern twist, this latest work is a frenetic display of modern techno influences, an abundance of breakbeats and metal guitars, topped off with ethnic vocal samples.
A crisp, clear production assists in the many cascading electronics shining brightly; and when this album does delve into the odd flutter of distorted beats, there is a precision and purpose that many who float around this genre appear to have missed. Couple this with Hysteresis’ backtracking on earlier flirtations with madness and you have as a whole, an excellent album that steers far from the Hands familiarity; and is the album I wanted them to make many moons ago.