Boomkat Product Review:
A further key reissue in Mark Van Hoen's back-catalogue, Locust's 1994 album Weathered Well is another ambient landmark, and one that throws some of the genre's cliches out of the window in favour of a far bleaker, darker take on electronic home-listening music. Nowadays the idea of dark-ambient music is not only commonplace, it's practically ubiquitous, but on tracks like 'Moist Moss' and 'Still' you hear a certain innocence and freshness. Dystopian soundscapes abound throughout - sometimes with tricky, IDM-style beat designs, sometimes without, but there's an undoubted power to this material. 'Music About Love' could hardly sound less like its title, thundering through dark sci-fi imagery, while 'Tamed' resembles an acid track gone mouldy. Further to that, 'Xenophobe' feels like a direct antecedent of Monolake's gloomier works while 'Lust' invites favourable parallels with Aphex's output around the same era. Top quality dark electronica that's well worth re-discovering.