For nearly 40 years, English producer Mark Van Hoen has been making challenging music that eludes easy categorization under his own name, as Locust, and in the groups Autocreation, Scala, and Drøne. While his output has skirted around the fringes of IDM, techno, trip-hop, ambient, drone, and electropop, it has mutated these genres’ elements in distinctive ways, revealing a mind always questing for unprecedented sounds.
Born in 1966, London, England Mark is an English electronic music composer and producer.. He has released seminal and influential recordings under his own name as well as Locust, in additional to a multitude of collaborations with other artists including Robert Fripp, and members of Slowdive, Cocteau Twins and Seefeel. Pitchfork said, “Musically, Van Hoen belongs to a distinguished family tree. Originally influenced by the likes of Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream, and later presaging both Autechre’s glitch and Boards of Canada’s pastoral IDM.”
Mark has released records on several highly respected independent labels such as R&S, Editions Mego and 4AD as well as the major labels Sire, Sony and Warner Brothers. Most enduringly, his relationship with Touch, a UK-based label founded in 1982, stretches back over 25 years. His recent Touch release “Invisible Threads” has been universally praised, and shows a new approach in a spectral, submersive, almost neo-Classical composition style, revealing subtle influences from Touch luminaries such as Philip Jeck, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Claire M Singer.
New music to be released in 2019 include a series of techno EP’s for Seattle based label Tranfusions which updates Locust’s early style employed on the seminal 90’s releases ‘Weathered Well’ and ‘Truth Is Born Of Arguments’ as well as a double LP as Mark Van Hoen on Norwegian label Asura Revolver which compiles tracks from his prolific output via Bandcamp of more experimental material of the last 2 years.
Locust will perform at Willem Twee poppodium on Saturday March 23