Qualm by Helena Hauff; Bandcamp Link: Qualm
Number 42 in the Wire Magazine (@thewiremagazine) Top 50 Releases of 2018.
I am not a huge fan of commercial dance music, as in the sort of music you might hear at a rave.
Ms Hauff skews a bit close to commercial dance music, as in the sort of music you might hear at a rave, for my personal taste.
What she seems to be doing is playing vintage synthesizers over rave beats and loops.
OK, it’s a little edgier than that, there are some slightly grungy sounds, but not much.
If that sounds like something that would interest you, I encourage you to check her out. The song names are pretty funny, with titles like, “Hyper-Intelligent Genetically Enriched Cyborg”, “The Smell Of Suds And Steel“, and “Primordial Sludge“.
Personally, while I enjoyed it for a while, the bombastic beats get exasperating after while, and I was feeling pretty done well before the album was over.
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