Release Date: May 22, 2012
Record label: Dial
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
It's now been over two years since Pantha du Prince released his crossover gem of bell-strewn nocturnes on Rough Trade, Black Noise, and it's beginning to feel like the follow-up may still be a way off. Perhaps in an effort to tide listeners over for that next LP, Hendrik Weber has now returned to longtime home Dial Records for a collaborative side-project as Ursprung. An effort between Weber and Stephan Abry—who worked with Weber on previous albums—their self-titled debut began in a series of wintry sessions in the Alps last year.
As Pantha du Prince, Hendrik Weber's music is made up of sharp but delicate sounds, digitally sheared slivers of drum or bell that ring out crystal clear against the inky emptiness of his tracks. PdP records sound as if all of their percussion instruments are made of extraterrestrial glass and recorded in the vast hull of some abandoned starship. It is painstaking stuff, but the music unfolds as if it's alive rather than carefully cut-and-pasted, as if Weber were less programming beats than growing little self-directing universes in bottles.
Ursprung is a new studio project from German electronic music producer/DJ Hendrik Weber, aka Pantha du Prince, and Stephan Abry of Workshop. Where this pair's creative leanings typically involve electronic music, Ursprung places the guitar at its center..
Visionary electronic producer Pantha du Prince (aka Hendrik Weber) and experimental Workshop member Stephan Abry team-up as Ursprung on Dial. The duo met over ten years ago when Weber played bass for Stella, a '90s, Hamburg-based band. Abry has also appeared as an instrumentalist on several of Pantha du Prince's recordings, including his last release, Black Noise.