Boomkat Product Review:
Originally released in 1999, Mark Van Hoen's Playing With Time featured a Jon Wozencroft sleeve, and actually, it wouldn't have been entirely out of place on Wozencroft's Touch label.
Although best known for his work in Locust, Mark Van Hoen's material released under his own name was a fertile breeding ground for adventurous ambient and downbeat music, often comparable to Biosphere's early works or Aphex's SAW period - particularly on 'Closer Than We All Thought', with its combination of skewed proto IDM beats and choral background static. Elsewhere, the likes of 'Canyon Of Events' and 'When Tomorrow Comes' bring a synthetic neo-classical feel to the record, while 'Surrounder' is full of ring modulated clockworks. A couple of vocal experiments bookend the album, with 'Real Love' coming off the best, taking the form of ahushed, wordless soundscape.