Haron
Wandelaar


4.5
superb

Review

by Trifolium USER (24 Reviews)
July 31st, 2018 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heron's first steps into Satie-inspired ambient. May he wander far into this land.

The Netherlands isn’t that well-known for its vivid ambient scene. However, that might change with the first solo release of Heron, an Amsterdam based producer who has recently released Wandelaar, which translates roughly as ‘hiker’ or ‘walker’, but the Dutch word has a slow or stately connotation as well. And Heron’s music on Wandelaar embodies this perfectly.

Before Wandelaar, Heron was active in the Amsterdam dance scene. He released airy techno on several splits with Dutch labels Tape Records and BAKK. With his solo debut, he instead takes a left-turn, focussing mainly on ethereal piano melodies drenched in echo and reverb. Slow, stately piano flourishes take shape, flicker for a moment, and then slowly fade into nothingness. The mood is sombre yet positive, slightly melancholy yet far from bland or boring. The music is somewhat reminiscent of Satie (mainly fellow Dutchman Reinbert de Leeuw’s famous slow renditions of the Gymnopédies and the Gnossiennes) or even Debussy’s solo piano works.

The most striking detail, mainly given Heron’s history with techno, is that there is almost no beat or any percussion on the record’s seven tracks. During the spare moments when it is used, he isolates it, like on interlude and side-A closer ‘Selenieten’. Further dismissing any resemblance with his prior techno output, this album features hardly any electronic elements. A notable exception are excellent twin tracks ‘Maangerij’ and ‘Caverne’, featuring short bursts of glittering synth, some theremin-like sounds and washes of violins.

With Wandelaar, Heron has put The Netherlands on the map of ambient music. We can only wonder where he will be walking off to next. Hopefully, it is only slightly as good as this stellar debut.



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Trifolium
July 31st 2018


32358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you're interested in hearing this (you should!): the whole album is available on the youtube-page of Haron's label: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wnj_wPTF14

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2018


28237 Comments


Is this your first review Trif? Cause it's pretty damn fine for a first one! You made me wanna check this, hard pos dude.

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Trifolium
August 1st 2018


32358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it is! Thanks a lot Dewi, appreciated! I was really blown away by it so would be cool if you checked it. Interested to hear what you think!

Trifolium
August 21st 2018


32358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Deserves a bump!

Marehelm
August 21st 2018


862 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sounds interesting, will check!

Trifolium
August 21st 2018


32358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, you definitely should! Lovely record.

Trifolium
August 31st 2018


32358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bump, still great. Superb night time music



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