Hedonism is the ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life, and this seems to also be HDNSM’s ultimate musical objective. Their first release debuted as a kickstarter of “Variant EP” V.A. series, showcasing three very different yet highly contemplative works from Cumsecade, Anestie Gomez and Man Spider.
HDNSM flips the coin and the second episode of the “Variant” series lands on two very solid, incredibly moody and extensive works from fresh talents Shcaa and Cleymoore. The EP features two very different tracks that share the same minimalistic core. Both works are blessed with intricate micro-drum arrangements for those feeling groove hungry whilst still standing tall in the experimental abstract realm pleasing those craving unusual frequencies.
A-side’s “Masquée” is one of Shcaa’s usual rides between sound and silence and no French artist understands sound gaps between grooves better than him. With his signature vocals and a incredibly delicious duality between acoustic instrumentalism and electronic slamming, this is a groovy, highly deep, very intelligently arranged piece.
The flip-side “Nebula”, signed by Pluie/Noir’s boss Cleymoore, is a tip of an iceberg when it comes to the art of stripping down. In an apparently thin canvas of minimal drum arrangements there’s a massive amount of sound frequencies underneath a steady ever-kicking groove, tricking your mind into thinking that you’re hearing less than you actually think. Hypnotic, dense but focused and sophisticatedly groovy. Like the repetitive vocals you’ll hear throughout the B-side, this V.A. sticks to your mind like an addiction of some sort, and pushes HDNSM to a new standard of avant-garde and forward-thinking attitude.
As before, this vinyl only release comes in a gorgeous cover featuring a painting from Max Binski and the number of copies available is limited.