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Limited edition 12″ vinyl (300 copies) + download
Released on Moving Furniture Records (MFR056) on March 15, 2019

In February 2017, Moving Furniture Records released ‘1’, the first LP by Radboud Mens and Matthijs Kouw. The album consists of two long drone tracks that make you forget music is a time-based art. Music that immerses you in a warm bath of frequencies that are evolving slowly around you, revealing you all sides and details of a sonic sculpture.

With this second release, which is simply titled ‘2’, Mens and Kouw continue their exploration of long-form drone. By using precisely tuned analogue synthesis, Mens and Kouw create a rich tapestry of drones and slowly changing environments. To the careless listener, nothing much seems to happen. However, an attentive ear will reveal a rich variety of resonances and sonic artefacts. Starting as a deep and warm drone music both pieces gradually develop into a collage of textures and frequencies that are carefully moving in and out of the drone.

This record is the second of a two-part album that was recorded live in the studio in December 2014, released in an edition of 300 LPs that are packaged in reversed sleeves and are provided with a digital download.

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"Kouw & Mens‘ work somehow feels as minimal and jam-packed with more shades of gray than most anything of late. When a simple string strum looms the intensity of its deep-seated drone-infused backdrop fluoresces. It’s a haunting quiet." Toneshift.net

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released March 15, 2019

All music by Radboud Mens and Matthijs Kouw
Mastering by Jos Smolders
Artwork by Aldje van Meer

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Matthijs Kouw Utrecht, Netherlands

Experimental musician based in Utrecht (Netherlands) exploring the relationship between movement and stasis. Using analog synthesis, software, field recordings, and recordings of various objects, Matthijs combines long-form drone with elements from acousmatic music, noise, and microsound. ... more

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