Boomkat Product Review:
‘Hedoro’ is an absorbing suite of dank and melodramatic electronica inspired by Japanese soundtracks and ’90s adventure-gaming. It’s the 2nd album by Antwerp’s Bent Von Bent under the Ōgon Batto mantle, following his self-titled tape in 2014 for Hare Akedod, the label he runs with David Edren (DSR Lines)
Meaning “slime” or “chemical ooze”, Hedoro is a fine title for Batto’s mix of viscous strings and intoxicating atmospheres. Over the course of some 29 succinctly evocative tracks, he gels a spectrum of textures in imagined spaces, painted in detailed strokes of synthesiser, to realise an intricate, elusive narrative that hints at his European heritage as much as the more explicit gestures towards Japanese culture.
In a sense, Hedoro shares much in common with the adroit and stylistically open-minded compositions of 0PN and Mica Levi, particularly the latter’s Delete Beach, but most strongly recalls the cybernetic 4th world impressions left by Kenji Kawaii’s Ghost In The Shell soundtrack, as well as Havet the exquisite début by computer game soundtrack composer Goodiepal, the work of David Kanega for Software, and even the medieval Belgy charms of Alain Pierre’s Jan Zonder Vrees.