2562 – The New Today / When in Doubt

The first material 2562’s Dave Huismans has put forward for a while arrives in the form of album The New Today on his own When In Doubt label.

A simple image of a cold and grainy monochrome interface is the albums artwork, nicely presages what follows on the disc. The art is a still taken from a film by Heleen Blanken, the same very talented VJ who provided visuals on the Klockworks tour as well as with 2562 live.

The New Today gets underway with tense and surging opener Arrival, a track which comes off like a vast panorama presenting the landscape of The New Today before sinking down into the nine minute groove of Terraforming and the delirious funk of Cosmic Bounce. The mid-phase of Huismans album navigates through stand out track Utopia (below) before being rhythmically dissected throughout Drumroll. The journey comes to a serene end in New Life, emerging like sunshine from out of the pulsing nightmare of Cauldron.

It feels thematically confident and stylistically unique. While a huge part of the album’s appeal is Huismans’ evident studio mastery there is nevertheless also a constant sense of motion and urgency maintained and each track is immediately arresting. True to form, the songs develop unpredictably and segue gracefully into one another during transitions – making for a seamless and riveting experience.

One of the things I think keeps Huismans’ music both as 2562 and A Made Up Sound so compelling is this ability to positively ignite the imagination and engage the body in equal measure. Could be album of the year for me.

– Jord Sublogos (Inorganic Audio)