Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Silhouetted Horizons’ hypnotic latest offer, ‘Overtone’

London-based sound designer and engineer Silhouetted Horizons (Ben Hurd) released his experimental electronic latest single on September 22, 2023 through Seductive Noise. Working on internationally-acclaimed projects in both artistic and commercial spheres, his work has aired at Locarno Film Festival, The Venice Biennale, The Tate Modern, On Channel 4 and Nike.com. 

‘Overtone’ is intricate, immersive and distinctly experimental. The beginning is atmospheric and cinematic, and a slow-burning tension mounts as more synth layers are introduced. The apotheosis is a hypnotic crescendo of synth stabs, ricocheting percussion and chopped up vocals. The four-and-a-half-minute track finishes with a textured synth soundscape that is percussion-free aside from the occasional kick – a welcome wind-down after a mesmerizing sonic journey. 

Ben elaborates on the track: “I tried to draw on the entirety of my influences, old and new, when writing “Overtone” – there is an intentionally (new) retro electronica feel that really pulls from trailblazer artists such as The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Orbital or Leftfield but framed in the same type of reimagining you hear in a lot of the future garage and bass music nostalgia going on right now.”

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