Boomkat Product Review:
Stroom alum and multi-talented Belgian Jan Van Den Broeke is subject of EE Tapes’ 2nd absorbing overview of his unpublished works.
An architect, musician, and visual artist, Van Den Broeke brings an artful sense of composure and introspection to work in each of his monikers. Chasing up 2017’s ’11000 Dreams’ and 2020’s ‘Lost and Found’, the 10 tracks on ‘Time and Desire’ draw mostly on his June11 works, supplemented with a wistful exclusive as Canto De Mudo.
There’s no huge distinction between the two aliases, which share a style of genteel keys and synth beds for vocalists Drita Kotaji and Helena Legaz Torregrosa and vocal samples, all blushing with a sort of Bel-gallic charm and melancholy that close to our hearts, and clearly Stroom’s, also evoking comparisons to classic Crepuscule gear by Blaine L. Reininger or the smokiness of Jac Berrocal et al. Lovers of romantic, late night downtempo, adult contemporary will be in their element here.