Plasty I EP (Tri Angle Records)

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Hanz, otherwise known as North Carolina-based producer Brandon Juhans, was originally aiming to be an illustrator but fell upon music. Curious about how albums he liked were made, Hanz researched all types of genres and techniques. He wanted to make things that he would want to hear himself and was eventually able to make music that matched his illustration style, and set up entire scenes with sound. Taking on an unusually disparate range of musical influences meant he had to find a common thread throughout different sounds. This approach is something still central in his work. His sound is Hip Hop, it’s punk, it’s experimental yet it’s also never just one thing.


The key influences for Hanz’s upcoming EPs lie outside music – they are heavily influenced by film. Things like pacing, tension, comic relief, and climactic moments. Plasty I, his long-overdue new EP (due out Jan. 19, 2018 on Tri Angle), is the first of two recordings that form a kind of mirror shot of each other – you could say one is a frontal shot, while the other a back shot. Both EPs developed in sessions that started right before the re-issue of “Reducer” (on Tri Angle) in 2015. Over a year or so of working, Hanz decided to trim compositions down and get to the point in underneath twenty minutes per EP. He named this work “Plasty” due to its constant structural changes, it’s as if the sound is being operated on surgically.


Hanz’s music contains tension and action. He edits his music like a movie, placing pieces of a song inside of other songs. Certain parts / melodies from part one reappear in part two and vice versa. That’s his way of making these EPs compliment each other by making them function like puzzles. The temporary moments on both EPs are for you to get better acquainted with this sonic environment. For example, the track, “A Breathing House,” is a short vignette on Plasty I that is based on the imagery of a house with breathing windows, doors, and floors.


Cinematic influences are joined by inspirations from the Surrealists and the cut-up technique (of William Burroughs & Brion Gysin). “Plasty” is the sound of an artist evolving and emerging through exploration.