Boomkat Product Review:
Inventive blends of “Caribbean ambient” sound design and calypso-style steel drums from Dylan Henner and Trinidadian pans player Fimber Bravo (Hot Chip, Moshi Moshi)
“Aligning with the raw stylistic materials of Caribbean music and recordings by masterful steel pan player Fimber Bravo, Henner set about creating a sparse, delicate, often beatless take on a music abundant with joyful sunshine and rhythm. The influence of ambient minimalism combines strangely, savagely with dubby snares and arpeggiated steel pans, culminating in a style perhaps best described as “ambient-calypso-dub”.
Steadfastly remaining within Henner’s soundworld - and still proving a crucial backbone to his music - are the field recordings taken from his travels in his day-job as a photographer’s assistant. Exploring with a handheld analogue synth and a field recorder (“no laptop!”) across seemingly endless destinations, Henner’s environmental recordings act like fertile fields onto which his compositions are sown.
Unforthcoming on biographical details (“I prefer the music to speak for itself”), Henner initially contacted Phantom Limb through his friendship with Berlin-based producer Eomac. He does note that he plays tuned percussion, analogue synthesisers and cello. His music was featured in the BBC2 documentary Shadow Commander, a biopic of Iranian military leader Qassim Souleimani, and he has remixed Oliver Coates, Eomac, Fran & Flora, Prefuse73 and others.”