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 on 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.
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 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 a good few decades more.