New Music // Al Usher – Hilversum

19 May

I challenge you to find information on this guy. The best I’ve come up with so far is that he’s an electronic musician from the UK, working as a solo artist and as part of the duo Partial Arts, and that his music deserves more recognition than it’s probably getting.

Hilversum is a perfect example of that summer day feeling. It starts off slow, like its waking up on a clear morning, rolling out of bed, putting on it’s shoes, and heading out into the day. There’s a lot to love in the intro, especially on headphones. Sounds skitter and clatter around a steady walking beat and a hypnotic spring vibration for a minute or so before some synth pulses join in, adding the first layer of melodic structure. Then comes the lead melody, introducing itself subtly at first, like meeting someone for the first time. And then the melody really comes into it’s own around the 3:10 mark, turning into a playful songbird in a blue sky as you walk along your favorite path in the city. During the middle stretch of the track new layers are slowly added until he finally decides to bring it all together, introducing super subtle vocals around the 5:48 mark, for one final glorious moment where the song becomes something more than just the sum of it’s parts. It becomes a feeling. It becomes…happiness.


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