Hydropark: Circuit 2 LP (25 Diamonds, 2019)

December 24, 2019 at 5:29 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Hydropark: Circuit 2 LP

The second LP from Hydropark is somewhere in between a hip-hop beat tape and a Faust Tapes-style hodgepodge of jump cuts and seemingly random ideas, but the music itself is never as dadaist or chaotic. Instead, it’s a suite of several easygoing synth instrumentals, strong rhythms that dissolve after a few bars, lost riffs, and a few doses of quality synth-rock. It gets hard to keep track of which song is which, so taking the whole trip and playing it straight through is the way to go. Doing so almost feels like the soundtrack to some sort of amusement park ride filled with lights and animatronics which keeps switching directions unexpectedly every minute, except the music is really cool and exciting instead of hokey. Or to put it more succinctly, it’s low attention span Krautrock (think Roedelius and Michael Rother in particular).

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