Niclas Erlandsson delivers a decent and serious musical work with his new release “Väsen EP” on ANTIMODUS. Niclas Erlandsson is a live performing techno artist, producer and mastering engineer. His live sets and productions are characterized by electronic experimentation and hours of meticulous preparation.
With this release, the Scandinavian brings a mystical sound reminiscent of the past times of the vikings. The opening track does not come in the classic 4 to the floor robe, the title creates with the brute drum beats and classic acid elements a rhythmic entry into the EP. While listening, the imagination of a cold, merciless and raw dystopia is awakened to the listener. Niclas Erlandsson manages to create a lot with few elements and brings a serious industrial sound to ANTIMODUS.
In addition, the key track “Vitorm” also comes with an stunning music video and shows once again that ANTIMODUS not only attaches importance to the acoustic, but also the visual component plays a major role in the label. The video for the single was shot in Sweden, near the artist’s hometown and once again illustrates the beauty of nature in northern latitudes.
Verdict: Erlandsson brings his production and phrasing skills to each of the compositions, creating pieces that avoid monotony and keep you locked in and along for the ride. ‘Vitorm’ alone makes this release worth picking up, heavy electro style beats and a modulating Acid 303 line that winds its way through the track and sets the EP off nicely. The heavy drums continue with the following tracks that are all out techno rollers, unrelenting but somehow just simmering below the edge of all-out chaos, three hypnotic dark room stompers that put the speakers to the test.
Available Now: Väsen EP | Niclas Erlandsson | ANTIMODUS (bandcamp.com)