REVIEW: Mark Van Hoen’s “Nightvision”

Mark Van Hoen photo MarkVanH_cover_zpsf5rr9ulu.jpg The way Nightvision (Saint Marie) begins, one would expect for the electronic music of Mark Van Hoen to be on the past of electronic music from the 1970’s and early 80’s, where it may appear to fans of elegant soundtracks. It’s relaxing. WHen it gets to song #2 (“Froese Requiem I”), the sound of sampled and/or filtered drums changes the composition, and it made me have to rethink of what may be ahead.

In truth, Nightvision does sound like the soundtrack to a movie that has yet to be made, or perfect mental music for night people, that would be the best way to describe this. It’s full of electronic wizardry, slightly dated at first but then I realized “it’s not so much dated as it is traveled, a music that has come from a place, it has landed and it is continuing its travels from where it was to where it’s going.” That’s the best way to describe it, and it may be an accurate way to talk about when it was recorded, as the credits say the music was done between 2008 and this year, a seven year destination that has lead us to here, to hear.

(Nightivision will be released on November 13th and can be pre-ordered directly from Saint Marie Records.)

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