2017 is home to yet another debut album; this one coming from HundredMillionThousand with “lp1”. It is best described as a musical mood journal, an audio log of the many facets of an ongoing journey with mental illness. Yes, we agree, this is a bold direction that HMT has decided to embark on. This is a sonic coping mechanism, of persian/filipino producer HMT, whose musical aesthetic revolves around suspenseful atmospheres, brooding pads, and aggressive percussion pattern.
We love artists who pay homage to their culture by using the instruments and sounds that make that particular culture unique. For example, HMT encapsulates his heritage into production through the use of Iranian vocalizing, key signatures, spiritual chants, and Tombak. At once, shimmering, foreboding and intense, the album deals in deep textures and dark colours, a sonic landscape rising out of the cyclic nature of HMT’s journey through mental illness.
What we absolutely love is the visuals that HMT decides to thrill us with during one of his live performance. He collaborates with other artists and he utilizes visuals that are referential to Iranian art and poetry. In addition to musical explorations, HMT is heavily involved in videography and editing as he seeks to amplify his aesthetic direction through the relationship between audio and video. HMT finds finds inspiration through introspection and mindfulness, composing a musical narrative to overcome volatile emotions. We placed below is one track from “lp1” and we are sure that you will be hooked. Enjoy and let us know what you think!