Release Date: Mar 6, 2020
Record label: Modern
Genre(s): Electronic, House, Techno, Experimental Techno, Tech-House, Microhouse
Though known for a steady, minimal approach, German producer Hendrik Weber, aka Pantha du Prince, turned in his most full-bodied work with 2016's lush album The Triad. Weber's twinkling, bell-tone-heavy electronics were in excellent form on the album, but they were joined by larger-than-usual arrangements that included icy vocals, noisy textures, and an uncharacteristically thick production. With sixth album Conference of Trees, Pantha du Prince takes another surprising left turn, transmuting the layered sound of the last album into texturally rich stacks of organic and electronic tones.
Even during his most maximal moments, Hendrik Weber (aka Pantha du Prince), sounds pensive. That's why Conference of Trees, the German musician's fifth LP and first since 2016, sounds like the logical progression in this quest to move into more personal territories. At ten tracks and 76 minutes, Weber guides the listener through a labyrinth of organic, emotional and (at times) alien sounds. As many of the songs run over six minutes in length, Weber gives his compositions ample time to breathe, unravel and gestate, as he makes the most of these expended jams..