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When Hendrik Weber isn't playing bass for Stella or making tracks as Gluhen4 or Panthel, he's producing haunted microhouse as Pantha du Prince. This is Weber's first album under the alias, following a 12" from 2002. The reasons why he's on Lawrence and Turner's Dial label are made apparent right off the bat. Not unlike Lawrence or Carsten Jost, Weber's tracks are equally fit for the club and as a companion for staring out of your bedroom window on a lonely overcast day. Cavernous 4/4 rhythms are joined by downcast elements — subtle clicks and pops, gentle swarms of synthetic strings, snow-blind keyboards, dulled-out chimes. Weber's own infatuation with '80s miserablists is often in effect; while Lawrence has swiped Morrissey lyrics for track titles, Weber either approximates or lifts the sounds of the frostbitten guitars from early Cocteau Twins and Cure records. "Eisregen" twinkles darkly, while "Circle Glider" — its frantic palsy coming off like a missing track from Herbert's Globus Mix, Vol. 5: Letsallmakemistakes mix — opens and closes with samples from the Chills' fatalist classic "Pink Frost." The concluding "Glycerine," cloaked in midnight fog, is the eeriest of all, with panning ripples inducing further turbulence. A deep male voice intones like it's spinning a ghost story: "So we went down that way to the castle/Everything was...foggy." If it hadn't already been made readily apparent, Dial has positioned itself as the premier goth (not goth) label. This album challenges Lawrence's The Absence of Blight as the label's best to date. [Within a few months of release, the album was already difficult to find on CD, but Dial re-pressed the disc in 2010.]


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

German techno producer Hendrik Weber recorded under numerous monikers over the years, including Glühen 4 and Panthel, yet Pantha du Prince became his most well known and celebrated. Weber aligned with Dial -- a Hamburg-based experimental techno label helmed by Carsten Jost, Turner, and Lawrence -- to release his Pantha du Prince material, which is characterized by its downcast and dark tone, as well as by its minimal and experimental tendencies. He made his debut as Pantha du Prince with a four-track...
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