On his debut LP Primaer, Oslo based producer Espen T. Hangard presents nine tracks of dynamic electronica in the landscape between electro and braindance. Focusing on simplicity, Primaer’s no-frills approach to electro and breakbeats hark back to the origins of the genre, when melodic synth hooks and more traditional song structures ruled the day.
The music spans from the angular and insistent to the airy and abstract, taking inspiration from stringent electro and EBM as well as more playful synth pop. Each track makes its own particular statement before moving on to the next, and Hangard’s distinctive approach results in a hand-crafted sound with an undeniable charm. An intense recording period between 2009 and 2012 forms the basis of the release, and the tracks were selected, completed and mixed in 2018.
Primaer was recorded and mixed in Hangard’s own Dogskool studio in Oslo and mastered by Robin Harwood (Rolando Simmons, Beatwife) at the Engine Installation in Essex, UK. Canadian artist Tag Andersson made the collage for the cover artwork, and StudioGeist designed the cover.
180 gram vinyl in white poly lined inner sleeve, full color sleeve printed on matte paper, shrink wrapped.