On Ens, Holtkamp reins in his sprawling sound with new resolve, crafting tightly constructed pieces of engaging and ecstatic beauty. Ens was made during a time of anticipation of change for Holtkamp: the birth of his first child. Having recorded and mixed the album late at night and at odd hours in the months leading up to the birth and during the early sleepless days of fatherhood, Ens (which means entity or existence) is a profoundly intimate and heartfelt journey into Holtkamp’s psyche. The constant motion created by the ebb and flow of rhythmic elements connects Ens’ diverse compositions and mirrors the building expectation of such a momentous change. Holtkamp’s initial recordings as BEAST (Vol 1 & Vol 2) were mostly conceived for the immediacy and physicality of performance and were directly linked to a series of visual environments he created with 3D laser projections. As a purely studio project, Ens takes on a more precise and contemplative approach.
Moments of blissful grandeur such as the convalescence of melodies in “Paprika Shorts” are at once overwhelming and crystalline in the placement and clarity of each sound. Deceptively simple pieces like “Boketto” and “Miniature” appear more sparse and subtle, but the arrangement of sounds reveal deeper levels of nuance with each listen. By carefully arranging and selecting each element, Holtkamp both references genre tropes, from classical minimalism to beat-driven dance music, and constructs a sound all his own. The intricately detailed depth of field gives the album an almost sculptural presence.
This level of detail is underpinned by Holtkamp’s move towards more virtual instrumentation which he utilizes to push beyond the physical limitations of their acoustic equivalents, as well as to synthesize new instruments. As BEAST, Holtkamp has nimbly altered his process of creating dense, immersive music. Ens stands as not only the culmination of his newfound methods, but also a deeply personal moment. In crafting the graceful and passionate sonic tapestries into compact compositions, BEAST’s Ens masterfully melds the earthbound and the ethereal. 1. "BEAST" is a drum/noise project from Portland OR.
Active since 2005. Daniel Menche being the core member for recordings with an open door of guest noise makers. 2. BEAST were a South Korean boy band, formed in 2009 by Cube Entertainment. The band consists of five members: Yoon Doo-joon, Yong Jun-hyung, Yang Yo-seob, Lee Gi-kwang and Son Dong-woon.
Jang Hyun-seung officially departed from the group on April 19, 2016. They are now known as Highlight. 3. A Canadian indie, electronic music duo based out of Montreal, Quebec. Beast’s members include vocalist and lyricist Betty Bonifassi and composer/producer Jean-Phi Goncalves. www.myspace.com/beastsound 4.
A psychedelic rock band from Colorado, that charted its self-titled debut LP in 1969. 5. A psychological rock and roll 4-piece from Cape Town, South Africa, featuring Lark’s Inge Beckmann (vocals), Taxi Violence’s Rian Zietsman and Louis Nel (both on bass) and The Plastics’ Sasha Righini (drums). 6. Hardcore/Punk band from Stockholm, Sweden. http://www.myspace.com/stockholmbeast 7.
A Japanese rock band that got their start on Extasy International, a record label in Japan run by Yoshiki of X-JAPAN. They released one album called “Imagination-lens”. 8. A Hardcore band from Salinas and Santa Cruz, CA featuring members of The Wrath and No Truce. http://www.myspace.com/beasthc 9.
Simon Posford (Hallucinogen) & Sean Williams (Process), goa trance duo. 10. German heavy metal band from the 1980s who released four albums. 11. A band formed in the early 1980’s by Bryan Gregory (ex-guitar of The Cramps) and singer Andrella. This band released 3 singles before evolving into the band “The Veil” 12.
Beast is an up and coming deathcore act based out of Upstate New York. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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