Locust (Mark van Hoen (IDM, ambient))

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Legal name: Mark Van Hoen


Mark Van Hoen (born September 1966, Croydon, London, England) is an English electronic music artist. He has created music under his own name as well as Locust, and Autocreation. The BBC said, "in a brief listen one can hear the influence on Boards of Canada's damaged melodies and dense claustrophobia, more so even than usual suspects like the Aphex Twin." Pitchfork said, "Musically, Van Hoen belongs to a distinguished family tree. Originally influenced by the likes of Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream, and later presaging both Autechre's glitch and Boards of Canada's pastoral IDM, with his latest album Van Hoen would fit in just as well alongside White Rainbow or Atlas Sound on a current label like Kranky: He combines oceanic drone with pop lyricism, using technology as a catalyst."

In 1993, Van Hoen signed with the Belgian-based record label, R&S. The initial releases were as Locust and used vintage analogue synthesizers and tape recorders. As the Locust sound moved towards an increasingly more vocal oriented approach in the late 1990s, Van Hoen also began to release music under his own name.

In October 2013, Black Hearted Brother, Van Hoen's collaboration with Neil Halstead, released their debut album, Stars Are Our Home.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1994 Natural Composite 2
1994 Weathered Well 2
1995 Truth Is Born of Arguments 2
1997 Morning Light 3
2001 Wrong 1
2013 You'll Be Safe Forever 1
2014 After the Rain 2

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Year Title RatingReleases
1994 In Rememberance of Times Past 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1996 No-One in the World 4
1997 The Girl With the Fairytale Dream 1
1997 Your Selfish Ways 2
1998 All Your Own Way 1
1998 Master and Servant 1

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