The 4th album by drøne, (Mark Van Hoen & Mike Harding), is the 3rd for Anna von Hausswolff's label, Pomperipossa Records. Featuring Zachary Paul on violins, Charlie Campagna (bass and ‘cello) and Katt Newlon on ‘cello, the strings add lush, warm layers to a darker, edgier sound. Gabi Strong debuts on guitar and the voices of a host of vocalists inc. Claire Belhassine, Celia Eydeland, Bana Haffar, Pepa Ivanova, Nour Mobarak & Brisa Romero.
With the trademark drøne sounds of static, radio voices, field recordings, modular synthesizer and found sounds, recording chance sounds right up to the final mix add to the dynamism and energy of the album.
This albums includes a bonus track, black stone, featuring Zachary Paul & Gabie Strong, and a video which you can see here: field.nu/drone/blackstone, and a new bonus video, 'séance'
Scream - its all you can do now. Overwhelming, scatter-gun information delivery has us confused, bowel churningly fearful and appalled at the nature of the changing times. We are biologically, psychologically and emotionally able to cope with slow evolutionary change, but struggle with revolutionary, violent distortion or mutation. This leaves us anxious and even desperate for a firmer footing. Fight or flight.
The Stilling, a phenomenon whereby the wind speed on the planet seems to be slowing down for no known scientific reason, explores this state of discomfort and perplexion.
Time spins. The glass is falling…
released January 10, 2020
Recorded, edited and mixed by Mike Harding & Mark Van Hoen
Photography & typography by Nico Van Hoen
Artwork by Philip Marshall
Mastered by Charlie Campagna
Cut by Jason @ Transition
Recorded at Neon Studios, Los Angeles 22nd July 2019: Violin - Zachary Paul; Piano - Mark Van Hoen
Recorded at CC Studios, Glendale, Los Angeles 29th August 2019: ‘cello - Katt Newlon & Charlie Campagna; Double Bass - Charlie Campagna
Theremin, KOMA Field Kit, Rucci Maximal Drone, Drone Jar, Echo Meter Touch 2 Pro & LOM Elektrosluch Mini City - Mike Harding
Modular Synthesizer & Electric Organ - Mark Van Hoen
Guitar - Gabie Strong
Voices - Claire Belhassine, Celia Eydeland, Bana Haffar, Pepa Ivanova, Nour Mobarak & Brisa Romero
Other field and radio recordings from Berlin, Cavenham, Chicago, Knepp Castle, Lanzarote, London, Los Angeles, Rishikesh, Santa Monica, Seattle & Tokyo…
Black Stone video included as a bonus track with this album, feat. Zachary Paul & Gabie Strong - field.nu/drone/blackstone
Many thanks to Kyo at Neon Studios, Charlie Campagna, Christopher Carlson, Anna von Hausswolff and all the contributors
Mike Harding, Mark Van Hoen and invited guests - …a hauntingly strange and mysterious immersion into a crackling entropy of phantom radio transmissions, squalls of static, choruses of insects, and creepily digitized voices.