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Limited Edition 140g Black Vinyl LP, Full-color Jacket & Poly-lined inner sleeve, with original photography and artwork by Grant Aaron and Gabriel Benzur


For nearly 40 years, English producer Mark Van Hoen has been making challenging music that eludes easy categorization under his own name, as Locust, and in the groups Autocreation, Scala, and Drøne. While his output has skirted around the fringes of IDM, techno, trip-hop, ambient, drone, and electropop, it has mutated these genres' elements in distinctive ways, revealing a mind always questing for unprecedented sounds.

This is Mark Van Hoen’s ninth album as Locust, and an instant classic.

Drifting, hanging, holding. Hoping, seeking, searching. And then finding.

Mark Van Hoen's ninth album as Locust is a cosmic whisper, a tender touch, where candid songwriting commingles with the afterimage of trip-hop and jungle. Across eight tracks, spectral melodies dance between languid breakbeats, and a formless murmur drifts through the ether, seeking a common thread.

Layered in strata, "The First Cause" reveals itself anew with each listen. Delicate tones share space with bass weight. Drums crunch, and rhythms cascade. Voices loop and intone, bodiless. What at first seems melancholy, you may later find reoriented—toward promise.

We seek solace in each other, and we seek solace in sound. Kinship isn't easy to come by. When a record offers its kind embrace to us as this one does, without reservation, we should take heed.

Written, performed and produced by Mark Van Hoen
© Touch Music/Fairwood Music UK Ltd
2023 Mark Van Hoen under exclusive license to Mysteries of the Deep
markvanhoen.com

Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio, NY
Photography by Grant Aaron
Design by Gabriel Benzur
Words by Chris Zaldua

Pressed by: AFG Record Manufacturing More