Video: Hiele - Elephant Seals

Video: Hiele – Elephant Seals

Behavioral scientists discovered why watching a forest relaxes the mind while the sight of an urban jungle, no matter how intricate, stresses us out. A forest contains so many lines, triangles, etc that our mind immediately gives up on trying to see it all. This giving up is the relaxing effect.

In the city our eyes and mind keep on trying to see every line, square, rectangle, etc. Impossible of course, and thus: stressing. The same goes for Hiele’s music which is a true aural forest of all music electronic. There’s simply too much to hear: ambient, 808 jack, nineties IDM, Chicago footstep, glitchy bits,… So, only two cerebral reactions possible. First, if not accustomed with electronic music, is to put the needle off the record after a few seconds into the first track, and to never give it a second try. Secondly, to sit back and let the ingenious compositions wash over you.

By the time you’ve been able to pinpoint a certain recognizable sound, Essential Oils, even more so than it’s predecessor, has already moved on so much that it leaves you wondering if a new track has already begun or not. (This wondering, again, makes you lose the pace.) Most electronic artists would be able to make a full-length album with the material that Hiele uses in only one track. Yet, amidst all his frantic compositions, Hiele never loses his keen sense for sweet melodies and, yes, even danceable beats.

Artist Hiele
Title Essential Oils
Format Digital & Vinyl
Label Ekster
Release Date 14-March-2014

A1: Say
A2: Kaneda
A3: Classic Heights
A4: Wrist
B1: Scooter
B2: Elephant Seals
B3: Mabel Mimics
B4: Pek Pek