Hab - Höst 2012

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Hans Carlsson makes intricate melodic electronica with vague echoes of hip-hop and drum'n'bass under the name Hab. He plays guitar and sings in bands, among them a four-piece called Mouth that made it as far as a major-label contract (on Warner subsidiaries Telegram and Reprise in Sweden and America, respectively) before dissolving in 1994 under the weight of an archetypally "corporate rock" experience. Carlsson spent subsequent years traveling from Sweden to Paris, and finally to the Hasidic neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (site of a sort of late-'90s New York bohemian renaissance), where he's recorded most of his material under the name Hab. The first of that material began appearing through Sweden's Dot label (nowadays transformed into dotshop after a demo of Carlsson's work was upped by then-Dot artist Krister Linder (of Tupilaq); Linder's and Carlsson's debut EPs for the label were among its first releases and helped garner Dot the attention that transformed the label into something of an overnight sensation. Later projects include Binger the Voyager with Fredrik Joelson and Kool Kojak /Al D Bomba (CD Sweet Taste of Nothing, Oxygen Music Works 1999) and soundscapes with Khim Efraimsson for the poetry koncept Broken Word / Johannes Anyuru & Mercies May (CD Anatomy of a Dying Star, 2005). Hab has also made music for the Håkan Lidbo/ radio ström koncepts and compilations (what we are -music for alien civilizations, 2008) and (Precycling Namibia -The Music From The Future, 2010). His most recent album (2011) is a stunning collection of both rhythmically stunning and melodically engaging post-techno, interweaving thin, intricately syncopated percussion with thematic figures that are given far more focus and development than is typical of even the most armchair-oriented of electronica.

The track Höst 2012 has been recordered and mixed with the help of Trunk Studios GBG/ Fredrik Sundin and Leaf Arnold



from Nomads in Sound v3, released June 1, 2012


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