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As he heard bells chiming from Oslo's city hall, Pantha du Prince became so inspired by the peculiar way the tones layered and collided that he conceived a patchwork of compositions exploring bell instruments as the centerpiece. The purity of the bell almost acts as a distillery on Elements of Light, which is essentially a concept album. Pantha du Prince foregoes his headier electronic textures and focuses on the careful arranging of melody and atmosphere, building intensity in half-steps. "Spectral Split" runs the gamut from meditative tone poem to invigorating and pulsing dance material, taking nearly 18 minutes to complete its journey. Elements of Light is a more cerebral and contemplative turn for Pantha du Prince, but the result is hypnotizing: an inspired release exploring new creative space in his minimal dancefloor style. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

As he heard bells chiming from Oslo's city hall, Pantha du Prince became so inspired by the peculiar way the tones layered and collided that he conceived a patchwork of compositions exploring bell instruments as the centerpiece. The purity of the bell almost acts as a distillery on Elements of Light, which is essentially a concept album. Pantha du Prince foregoes his headier electronic textures and focuses on the careful arranging of melody and atmosphere, building intensity in half-steps. "Spectral Split" runs the gamut from meditative tone poem to invigorating and pulsing dance material, taking nearly 18 minutes to complete its journey. Elements of Light is a more cerebral and contemplative turn for Pantha du Prince, but the result is hypnotizing: an inspired release exploring new creative space in his minimal dancefloor style. 

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About Pantha du Prince

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 12" release, Nowhere (2002), followed a couple years later by a full-length CD/double LP, Diamond Daze (2004). The album garnered considerable acclaim, with some critics gleefully pointing out Weber's affinity for late-'80s British shoegaze bands such as Slowdive, Moose, Ride, and My Bloody Valentine. His affinity for Detroit techno (à la Carl Craig) and minimal techno (Chain Reaction) was evident as well.

Following a remix 12" (Butterfly Girl Versions, 2005) and a one-off 12" of new material (Lichten/Walden, 2006), Weber released his second Pantha du Prince full-length, This Bliss (2007), which again garnered considerable acclaim. For instance, Spex and Groove -- both German techno magazines -- crowned This Bliss with their Record of the Month awards, while indie tastemaker Pitchfork gave the album a favorable review stateside. Weber switched to Rough Trade for Black Noise (2010), featuring guest appearances from Tyler Pope (!!!) and Noah Lennox (Animal Collective). The likes of Four Tet, Hieroglyphic Being, and Animal Collective provided remixes for XI Versions of Black Noise, released the following year. In 2013, he released his fourth album, Elements of Light -- a collaboration with Norway's Bell Laboratory. Three years later, he returned with the new single "The Winter Hymn" (featuring Queens, aka Scott Mou). The track was the lead cut to his fifth album, The Triad, which was released by Rough Trade in May of 2016. ~ Jason Birchmeier

  • ORIGIN
    Bad Wildungen, Germany
  • BORN
    1975

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