Well, Misanthrop’s announced a new album due out shortly so it’s basically pencils down and pay attention until then. Analog, due out on Neosignal on November 8, continues some of the sound experiments Misanthrop was playing with in his 2017 EP Blurred but he’s attacking it from a different angle this time. Not only are all the tracks on Analog hand-stitched with no sound samples and mostly analog equipment but each track has its own story.
Neosignal released the first track off Analog, “Deus,” last week and it certainly showcased the “analog” point for this album. With lots of modular synth work and what sounds like actual acoustic drums and bass in the intro, fans knew instantly Misanthrop wasn’t joking about the vibe on this album. That said, “Deus” still has a snappy, danceable beat and, while obviously experimental, still sets the tone for the album as resolutely drum & bass.
Your EDM was lucky enough to snag the second premiere of “Heute Nacht” (Eng. “tonight”), a much more melodic offering than “Deus.” Here, Misanthrop plays with the empty space in the track in quite a different way from its predecessor. It helps to drive the melody with its eerie, sort of half-key changes and space-inspired phrase transitions. All of this is done consciously for effect, to replicate the feeling of anticipation before a really good night out.
The accompanying video to “Heute Nacht,” shot in a sort of stop motion style, rolls along with the track and adds to