Boomkat Product Review:
Tommy Four Seven and his buddy Alain present striking gothic techno architecture as These Hidden Hands on their excellent debut album. Converging a brutalist aesthetic with studio dynamism, their eponymous debut cycles eleven crushing blends of wrecking ball bass hits and pulverised noise rent with super wide and spacious production. It's a sound that's steadily attracted a lot of listeners and producers alike in the last few years, yet THH hold their own with a steadfast style absorbing influence from classic mid-period Surgeon/British Murder Boys or Autechre, recent actions from Raime, Regis and BEB, and darker, later strains of UK D&B. Previous single 'Ivy' is a highlight, as is the very canny fusion of pallid, Vindicatrix-like vocals and 'Second Bad Vilbel'-like techno-step in 'When Told' - an out-n-out Killer, whilst the aggressive force and momentum of 'Severed', and the keening organ chords and tumbling structures of closer, 'Hidden', perfectly represent the projects dichotomy, split between sore, romantic IDM yearn, and driving violent futurism.