This November Huerco S will return to the UK and Europe to play a string of DJ dates includingWavey Tones at the Bussey Building in South East London.
Brian Leeds produces electronic music under the name Huerco S. His debut album for Software Recording Co is titled 'Colonial Patterns'. On 'Colonial Patterns,' Leeds treats his Kansas City region as a universe worthy of its own electronic music.
To that end, Leeds deconstructs Midwestern techno and house tropes. The pieces are corrugated, rough, and decompositional. Working cheaply, Leeds conscientiously uses low-end software, synths and cassettes to subvert the gloss that occupies so much of urban dance music, giving tracks an impressionistic, emotive feel. The result is uniquely Midwestern: there is an expansiveness to each piece that suits the open space and the storied past of its inhabitants.
'Colonial Patterns' shares Jon Hassell's hybridized experiments in percussive ambience, as well asWilliam Basinski's strobing melancholia. When tracks subtly veer into house/techno territories, they mirror the no frills dance mechanics of Midwest figureheads Ron Hardy, Omar S and Theo Parrish.
Stripped of pop devices, discarding utopian delusions, 'Colonial Patterns' is electronic music for the open prairie. Inherently inhabitable, yet strangely dispeopled, it's a fitting universe for this otherworldly debut.
'Colonial Patterns' is available now through the Software Recording Co. on limited edition vinyl, CD and digital formats.
01. Struck With Deer Lungs
02. Plucked From the Ground, Towards the Sun
04. Anagramme of My Love
06. Ragtime U.S.A. (Warning)
07. Monks Mound (Arcology)
09. Hopewell (Devil)
10. Fortification III
11. Skug Kommune
13. Chun-Kee Player
14. Angel (Phase)
1st - Koszalin, Poland @ Plastelina
2nd - Berlin, Germany @ Stattbad Wedding
8th - London, United Kingdom @ Wavey Tones - Bussey Building
13th - Antwerp, Belgium @ Kavka
15th - Warsaw, Poland @V atican Vibes - Brzozowa 37
16th - Budapest, Hungary @ Toldi
17th - Dublin, Ireland @ Bernard Shaw
21st - Stockholm, Sweden @ Berns