Album Review: Het Droste Effect – ‘Soar’


Het Droste Effect is, “Two guys rocking out in a studio and blending whatever sounds they like at any given moment in time.”

I first chanced upon Het Droste Effect, with the announcement of their ‘Random X Maybe’ track, commissioned for Eindhoven Psych Lab in 2014. A delightfully idiosyncratic collaboration, with Glen Peeters from Radar Men From The Moon.

I immediately added a copy of the creatively packaged, vinyl compilation of their earlier ‘Het Droste Effect’ / ‘Lingerland’ MP3 releases to my collection, such was my infatuation with their gritty, transportive sound. A sound which was further cemented with last year’s ethereally sublime, ‘We Are All Hallucinating’.

‘Soar’ is the latest release from this Eindhoven dynamic duo. Here their self-referential, fractal geometry paints a slightly sparser picture, yet remains gliding on thermal currents and solar winds…

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‘Syncopiapo’, limbers up with blissful oscillating contractions, aural bends, decompression sickness, that which is lost enshrining the “less is more” mantra, there’s the notes and then there’s what is or isn’t between the notes, this is rhythmic karma, I am already floating; ‘You Know That I Knew’, bristles with menacing, accusatory restraint, a darkly weaving, psy-op probing foray; ‘Roman Candles’, morphs with twinkling, morse-like, pulsar incandescence ; ‘Hash It Out’, in the epic tradition of a suitably fitting side one closer, is a full on collective esquisse, it’s immense psychotic groove, ass-shaking your very core…

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‘Soar’, flexes the cinematic event horizon, dripping whimsical, off-kilter exotica flourishes, sinking gloriously, elegantly floundering on drum and bass depth charges; ‘Synthax Error’, is a clever, playful electronic dream-state excursion; ‘Sandra Eats The Sunshine’, is the nine-and-a-half minute, orange ingesting grand finale, a sonic re-imagineering of clandestine chemistry, synthesising spiritual discovery and eternal love…

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‘Soar’ displays Het Droste Effect’s innate, spontaneous mastery, their infectious beguiling embrace, just won’t let you go…

Drums, & percussion – Thompson Dubé, Guitar, bass, synths & field recordings – Hermann Blaupunkt.

Sax on ‘Sandra’ by Edward Capel.

Recorded, mixed and produced by Hermann Blaupunkt at Studio Casa Cassette (2014/15) and mastered by Bob de Wit.

Artwork by Max Kortsmit.

‘SOAR’ is available on digital/LP/tape – Order through:



2 responses to “Album Review: Het Droste Effect – ‘Soar’”

  1. Bob Avatar

    Got this on right load and loving it ! Thanks for putting this blaster my way !!

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