Boomkat Product Review:
Tick one off the wants list with Het Zweet’s eponymous dossier of trance-inducing “tribal” industrial rhythms and electronics from 1987, zonked square between the eyes of Zoviet France, Z’ev and Psychick Warriors of Gaia
Cycling between textured downbeat hypnosis and and more clattering, upbeat incantations, the self-titled side by Marien van Oers is a high point of ‘80s industrial trance music. This posthumous reissue (van Oers died in 2013) is a necessary introduction, where needed, and a compelling reminder of his singular drive to achieve a most prized, but all-too-rare, state of mind as a result of physically-induced kinesis. If you’ve got the time and space it contains the potential to lock listeners heavily into his spell with its forward titled percussion, played on a range of cardboard tubes, shopping trolleys, whatever the fuck makes a good clang. Run go check the immensely powerful 12 minutes of traction in ‘Massive Trance’ and let yourself go for optimal immersion in it.
“While the 1987 Het Zweet has four track titles per side, and on listening you can discern some segues and places where it feels like new movements do shift into place, it’s fitting to have this record on vinyl where the listener is encouraged to experience each side as one uninterrupted piece. The bonus material included on this reissue expands Het Zweet from one LP to two, the second LP consisting entirely of previously unreleased material. This bonus LP is sequenced similarly, with three untitled tracks and two live excerpts presented as side-long experiences that belie their disparate origins with a unity of sound and purpose. Van Oers’ percussive nous and distantly yelled chants certainly sound capable of working up a sweat in both the performer and any movement- minded listeners, but maybe the most striking thing about Het Zweet is how vital it still sounds, despite its age and relative obscurity."