Mark Van Hoen (1966, England) is an electronic music artist who has created music under his own name as well as Locust since 1981. The first time I encountered his work was in 1998 through the album “Playing With Time”. Van Hoen has a large oeuvre but “Playing with time” is often cited as a favorite by fans & critics. Female vocals are layered, cut up and glitched to create a warm and timeless electronic music. But it is definitely not the only good album.
In most of his music Van Hoen plays on rich textures, developing the music not by building up, but by morphing slightly, deepening in atmosphere, unsettling or soothing the listener.
A review on the BBC website stated “The music (…) seems to do nothing very much” while an article in The Sunday Times claimed that his music is “Soothing and disorienting at the same time”. I guess you have to listen for yourself. This episode is a collection of my personal favorites.
00:36 – 06:32 Mark van Hoen – When tomorrow comes [Playing with time/1998/Apollo:AMB 8953 CD]
06:33 – 11:20 Mark van Hoen – Love is all [Playing with time/1998/Apollo:AMB 8953 CD]
11:21 – 12:12 Mark van Hoen – 1979 [Where is the truth/2010/City Centre Offices:Towerblock CD 046]
12:13 – 16:59 Mark van Hoen – Canyon of events [Playing with time/1998/Apollo:AMB 8953 CD]
17:00 – 21:59 Mark van Hoen – Osaka 3 [The visitor/2016/Touch Music/Fairwood Music UK Ltd]
22:00 – 26:13 Mark van Hoen – It’s not you (in a way) [Voices/2018/Touch Music/Fairwood Music UK Ltd]
26:14 – 32:08 Mark van Hoen – Three’s people presence [The warmth inside you/2004/Very Friendly:VF010CD]
32:09 – 36:28 Mark van Hoen – First steps [Playing with time/1998/Apollo:AMB 8953 CD]
36:29 – 59:59 Mark van Hoen – A glimmer of forgotten ancestors [The last flower from the darkness/1997/Touch:TO31]