Boomkat Product Review:
Pop music is a funny old thing. We often make reference to ‘pop’ in these pages, perhaps bemusing those people out there whose associations with the genre only stretch as far as the chart-bound implications of the word. And yet listening to the debut full-length from Berlin’s Hanno Leichtmann, one can’t really think of a more adequte term to describe the sounds and emissions that are brought together to create ‘Eject Your Mind’. An electronic record that keeps within it a deeply warm and subtle aesthetic, fragments of glitch, shuddering basslines and copious amounts of the crunch, the everlasting impression that sinks in with us listen after listen is that this album is simply full of Tunes. Songs, you know, those things with structure, melody, narrative. Kicking off with the sublime ‘Crusing’, we’re thrown headfirst into a world of sweeping synth tones, rustling clicks and a gradual compulsion to nod the head, before a brusing bassline stampedes in and we’re in a slow, delicious quasi-electroid moment that brings with it dub elements to a deeply cinematic world that takes place late at night with lots of red and blue neon. 7” track ‘Headphones’ is up next, Ronald Lippok’s (To Rococo Rot / Tarwater) disjointed vocal taking us to the next chapter in this story, melancholy and assymetric sounds flowing in and out to create an urban lullaby that keeps to richness and depth throughout. The sounds of ‘Eject Your Mind’ are incredibly multi-faceted, an infusion of styles that aren’t so much disparate as not accustomed to sitting alongside one another. The result, to take us back to the beginning, is an album of pure future-vision genius..... pop. Gorgeous.