Sometimes you got the album and you're just speechless. That's it. You're trying to be a smart ass, to prove how much you know music, how eloquently you can compare it to other stuff... But you're just speechless.
That's new Hugo Kant's album "Out Of Time". It'll be a super quick review. There is no point to talk much. When you talk you can't hear the music...
One of my favourites writers of all time Stanislaw Lem wrote a brilliant SF book titled "Return From The Stars". I strongly believe many of latest SF movies were inspired by this novel. One of the strongest moments of it was when main character, an astronaut who just came back from a space mission after over a hundred years on earth (time relativity, you know), was told that humanity learned while ago sending people to the space is pointless and stupid so modern society won't do it anymore.
We are now at the similar stage of conquering the cosmos. OK, we have some scientist orbiting around the planet but there are no landings on moon anymore. Some doesn't even believe we ever did this! So astronauts became a relic of the romantic times when we were actually sending people into space. Times which inspired so many artists to write books, make movies, music or even radio shows!
Hugo Kant was definitely inspired by these times. "Out Of Time" is a soundtrack to black and white science fiction movie. Starting with "Entering The Black Hole" through "The Earth Dance", "Odissi", "Low Gravity"... Every single track here fits the whole concept. Although album is super diverse! It says it is a trip hop piece. It's like saying David Bowie played guitar. There is such more here. Downtempo beats mixed with jazz bassoons, flutes, accordions, folk incantations, over tone singing or even audio tuned opera vocals. It's like a letter humanity could send to other civilisation. This is who we are, this is all our music mixed together. And it's brilliant. Enjoy! Every single note here has an exact reason. I don't recall such a considered album in a very long time. Goose-flesh guarantee.
Art work is also brilliant. An astronaut in a space looking at his home planet. He is quite far actually but the most disturbing part is we can't see what he is linked to. Creepy, fascinating and mysterious in a same time. "Out Of Time" was released on double black LP. Heavy well pressed discs sound really great. I think vinyl mastering gave them bit more soft space than digital version which has more bass.
There is one thing I can't get over though. Both LP's are in regular white inner sleeves and they're both in a single cover. Such an epic, spacious album should be released in a gatefold! Maybe there would be more space to draw what the astronaut is linked to.