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Electronic/Dance - Released March 8, 2010 | Rough Trade

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Electronic/Dance - Released March 6, 2020 | Modern Recordings

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What sound do trees make when they speak to each other? This is the question that guided the latest project by German musician Hendrik Weber, aka Pantha du Prince. The idea was formed after long walks in thick forests during his childhood, an idea he brought to stage in Hamburg in summer 2019 with The Conference of Trees. This profoundly ecological project has now been transcribed into an album. Accompanied by dressed-up percussionists and a host of wooden instruments for which Weber put his skills as a carpenter to good use, he submits the electronic process to the service of these organic sounds (wood, but also stone and metal – we should also point out that no trees were harmed in the making of this album) to submerge the spectator/listener in a dreamlike odyssey, somewhere between Nova Materia and Alva Noto. “I wanted to become a tree myself and enable a group of musicians to become trees as well.” So, over to us now. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Electronic/Dance - Released March 6, 2020 | Modern Recordings

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 9, 2017 | Rough Trade

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 20, 2016 | Rough Trade

The Triad is Pantha du Prince's fourth full-length for alternative institution Rough Trade (including a remix album and 2013's collaboration with the Bell Laboratory), but in some ways, it reflects the German techno producer's indie rock influences more than his previous releases. Vocals have a greater presence than before, and dreamy guitars even make a few appearances. It still sounds unmistakably like Pantha du Prince, however, with lean, steady beats framing the producer's signature crystalline melodies. The album is so named because it was actually conceived as a group effort, with Scott Mou (aka Queens) and the Bell Laboratory's Bendik Kjeldsberg co-conspiring with PdP's Hendrik Weber. Mou adds his airy, sighing vocals to two songs, including first single "The Winter Hymn," and they fit the music like a glove. Weber sings on several of the songs as well, and his vocals recall Karl Hyde's more restrained moments. Ultimately, his songs speak just as loudly and clearly without vocals. "You What? Euphoria!" is every bit as ecstatic as its title, with sparkling steelpan melodies reminiscent of Plaid dancing around a cheerful beat. "Lichterschmaus" inhabits similar territory, with another early IDM-sounding melody complementing the clapping beat, and a hint of darkness and tension creeping into the track by its end. Weber does away with beats entirely on the album's concluding song, "Wallflower for Pale Saints," which faithfully pays homage to Ian Masters' oft-overlooked 4AD-signed dream pop group, with drifting vocals, gentle guitars, and clattering delay effects. The Triad is an expansion of Pantha du Prince's otherworldly sound into a more human realm, but it still maintains its ethereal, magical qualities. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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Ambient - Released September 22, 2017 | Neue Meister

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Electronic/Dance - Released October 11, 2010 | Rough Trade

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Electronic/Dance - Released April 18, 2011 | Rough Trade

A year on from the release of Black Noise, one of 2010's most masterful and celebrated electronic releases, Hamburg techno maven Hendrik Weber issued this straightforwardly titled revisitation, boasting an enviable roster of A-list remixers that reflects his unique position straddling both the mainstream of European minimal electronica (Basic Channel pioneer Moritz von Oswald; Weber's erstwhile Dial labelmates Efdemin, Lawrence, and Carsten Jost) and the wider well of broadly indie-friendly acts (Four Tet, Animal Collective). Fully eight of these "versions" are based on a mere two of Black Noise's 11 cuts, with "Stick to My Side" alone accounting for five. Still, even though these are largely respectful reworkings, altering musical content but rarely the underlying emotional tone -- nobody effects a transformation nearly as striking, for instance, as the shift from the picturesque painted landscape on the original album cover to the stark, elegant, abstraction adorning XI Versions -- the resulting collection manages to be just as pleasantly varied and cohesively listenable as Black Noise, while distinct enough to be worth investigating on its own right. The three renderings of "Welt Am Draht" -- not necessarily a highlight of the original album, but nevertheless a lovely specimen of Pantha's fluidly floating yet rigorously rhythmic style -- are an illustrative example. Von Oswald turns in a typically entrancing, atmospheric dub, stripping the track down and refitting it with an airier, gently syncopated pulse and reams of open space. Animal Collective preserve Pantha's ever-twinkling bells and chimes but sub in more basic "tribal" drumming for the rhythm and add a wash of their familiarly fractured, woozy vocals. And Hamburg-based duo Die Vögel, in the most remarkable mutation here, offer up a pulsating, densely layered live-brass-and-flutes opus recalling the oompah-flavored experiments of Nôze or Ricardo Villalobos, which shares only its basic rhythmic undercarriage with Weber's original (and only after a full two minutes of stuttered, harmonically rich brass chorale). None of these three tracks sounds anything alike, but they work remarkably well together since each in its own way picks up on Pantha's predominant aesthetic cues, by and large remaining elegantly smooth and subdued, yet subtly, sinuously propulsive. The same goes for the five "Stick" remixes, although they tend to be less adventurous and, save for the endlessly spiraling synths and cheerful thump of Four Tet's version and Walls' beatless, lushly reverberant take, can feel somewhat formalist and occasionally overly static. Hieroglyphic Being's unrecognizable, incongruously mechanical mix of "Satellite Sniper" is the only real misstep (albeit a minor one), and all told this is one of the most rewarding remix albums in recent memory. © K. Ross Hoffman /TiVo
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Electronic/Dance - Released February 9, 2010 | Rough Trade

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 9, 2017 | Rough Trade

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Electronic/Dance - Released December 14, 2009 | Rough Trade

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Miscellaneous - Released December 1, 2017 | Stereo Deluxe

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Electronic/Dance - Released February 19, 2016 | Rough Trade