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Honzo is the “evil twin” of D. Carbone, founder of REPITCH and Cosmo Rhythmatic (who released the recent Mika Vainio/Franck Vigroux album) together with Shapednoise and Ascion + the 3TH label (with Ascion and Lucindo).

While both examine noise and techno’s common ground, Honzo’s output is his brother’s introvert counterpart. The theme of the other half was inspected on “D. Carbone meets Honzo in a Bipolar Disorder”. Honzo’s following mini-album “Das Unheimliche” explored the spectres of Freudian thoughts. Psychology is again the topic on the release in question, third vinyl release for young imprint Arboretum.

Honzo w/ Fax – visuals live extract [2016] from Andrea Familari /// FAX on Vimeo.

The EP reflects over the state of “Melancholia”, a mental disposition that through its history at times has been associated with evil but more frequently as a tendency of the creative mind. As Heinrich Heine has famously questioned; is art an ailment of its creator? Illness or not, when shifting to the recipients’ perspective, what is described truly as art is highly individual, and the term “art” usually designates a rarity within life’s larger perspective much like finding a pearl in an oyster is most uncommon.

As Honzo he recently contributed to the “Replicants” compilation on (AnD and Tom Dicicco’s) Inner Surface Music and released a mini-album on Haunter Records earlier this year.

Heard on “Melancholia” are interpretations of Honzo’s subconscious visions of life. The intense compositions are made up of drones, noises and distorted beats moving in and out of the frame. On opener “Orientalism” said elements blend with hi-hat brushes, brassy synth pads, sci-fi noises and distant human voices evoking Islam’s “adhan” (call to prayer). The theme contemplates over alienation caused by Western accounts of “Orientalism”, soaked in “hüzün” (the Turkish term for melancholia).

On A2 a rework of “Moral Masochism” is provided by the mysterious Shadows outfit, starting with a distorted guitar over a slow and gritty rhythmic backbone which gradually turns into a chaotic high-intensity acid jam on the EP’s most dance floor suitable cut. On the flipside, “Lovesickness” presents a broken kick rhythm periodically flipped by toms and accompanied by a disorienting hi-hat rhythm, ghostly strings and sporadic human moans – all resulting in a tribal mood, recalling a ceremony, perhaps a quest for a saviour from the blue temper? B2 presents the “Moral Masochism” original.

Again a distorted guitar plays over a slow rhythm, but compared to the remix, the original’s intensity is introverted, contemplating over melancholia’s effect of deriving gratification from self-inflicted moral humiliation. Ambient closer “Emptiness” explores a cold state with such an encapsulating airiness that it feels like a close account of another person’s mood down to the impression of their breath. Arpeggiated synth noises appear from a distance representing increasing pressure from the outside world without ever suppressing the state of mind. As a result, “Emptiness” sums up the state of melancholia experienced as a mood rather than the effect of a cause.

Honzo – Melancholia [Arboretum] – Out 24th Feb

A1 – Orientalism
A2 – Moral Masochism (Shadows Remix)
B1- Lovesickness
B2 – Moral Masochism
B3 – Emptiness (Vinyl Cut)

Mastered at Artefacts Mastering Studio, Berlin
Artwork by Andrea Familari

250 copies – 12 ” – 180gr ARB003
(includes download-codes)
50 Copies – LTD special bundle
(Handmade Water Photography + download codes)

Tracklist

  1. Honzo (D. Carbone) - 414 - Electronic Explorations
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  3. LIVE set from recording from an 'Undogmatisch' label night, the imprint of Inner8 (from Dadub)