Release Date: Feb 10, 2014
Record label: Ecstatic
Adding to his growing list of aliases, Swedish electronic polymath Axel 'The Field' Willner's latest project marks the début of yet another nom de plume, HANDS, a move towards more desolate musical territory than we've seen from him in the past. It's a shift which eschews the acute euphoria and minimalist percussion of his most lauded work, in favour of gloomy and dense mesmeric drones. If you've followed Willner's career of late, then this change in tone might not come as too much of a surprise.
Axel Willner likes to get locked down in a feeling, creating music so tightly constricted it resembles an immovable force that's had him pinned down for much of his career. His work as the Field is all bright gestures condensed into minimal shapes, executed with an adherence to repetition that's so single-minded it's hard not to wonder what listening to it over and over again during its conception must do to his brain. Hands is a new project from Willner that offers an escape from the lack of space in his music as the Field, if not from the ever-recurring patterns.