Kai Hugo to Debut on Beats in Space as Palmbomen II

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Kai Hugo has assumed his Palmbomen II alias—the solo, gear-oriented counterpart to his Palmbomen project—on an upcoming album for Beats in Space. The RBMA grad and recent LA transplant (whose material has been solely released via Non up until now) describes the making of his upcoming self-titled LP as both monastic and straightforward: "Program the rhythms, arrange the harmonies, play these together, and record to tape. That's it." Produced using a few key pieces of hardware, the 14-track effort reportedly takes inspiration from '90s-era sci-fi TV shows and the attic of his childhood home in the Netherlands, where much of the album was recorded. According to an accompanying press release, listeners will hear "Hugo riding Oberheim DX faders in real time, improvising Arp 2600 patches at the turn of a track, and dripping sweat across Roland TR-909 keys."

Palmbomen II arrives on March 3 in double-LP, CD, and digital formats, and a Palmbomen II live project is reportedly in the works for 2015. In the meantime, the album's artwork, tracklist, and a somewhat bizarre teaser video for the LP have been posted below, while a recent XLR8R profile on Beats in Space (Tim Sweeney's imprint and seminal radio show) can be read here.


1. Peter Tanaka
2. Cindy Savalas
3. Lorraine Kelleher
4. Teena Mulder
5. Carina Sayles
6. Samuel Aboah
7. Mary Louise Lefante
8. Vic Trevino
9. Gerd Thomas
10. Caitlin Ross
11. John Lee Roche
12. Jesse O’Neill
13. Rebecca Waite
14. Leo Danzinger

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