Boomkat Product Review:
Your peepers do not deceive you (and neither will your ears)! Ten years since he dropped Convextion, Gerard Hanson opens a window on the most gorgeous kosmische techno zones with 2845 for the a.r.t.less department of Berlin’s Mojuba.
With considerable time under the bridge for Hanson to reflect upon his self-titled debut and 20 years of genre-defining productions as Convextion and E.R.P., it feels like he’s really taken stock of his sound and perfectly identified where to take it with 2845; plotting out a luxurious sci-fi cinematic soundfield framed as much by the influence of original German pioneers, Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze or their minimalist, dubby antecedents, Basic Channel, as the celestial jazz-techno of Juan Atkins and James Stinson or the star-eyed AI elan of early Æ and Link.
Arriving to a world currently smitten by Texan synth band S U R V I V E’s nostalgic OST for Stranger Things, and amid excitable chatter of Elon Musk’s trips to Mars, the Houston-based artist’s 2nd album feels uncannily well-timed, or at least timeless in its sense of wide-eyed, innocent wonder at the cosmos and the purest sensations of techno and electronic music in the widest, sweetest sense.
From David A. Hardy’s evocative cover artwork to the sleekly flawless, widely spacious production and the feathered nuance of Hanson’s arrangements, everything is placed with the zen-like touch of a diehard deep techno romantic who won’t sleep until he’s absolutely realised his vision. And it’s fair to say that between the patient, unfolding layers of his 16 minute opening sequence, New Horizon, to the pulsating, heart-quickening tang of Flyby he’s achieved his intention in a way that will last at least another 10 years, if not the 829 until 2845.