Since arriving on the scene roughly five years ago with their self-titled debut, Hotel Neon has established itself as a highly productive outfit when it comes to creating atmospheric soundscapes of extraordinary depth. They recently released their fourth full-length studio album entitled Means of Knowing (2018, Archives), arguably their most impressive and accomplished effort to date, while managing to stay quite active with individual solo projects, collaborations, and remixes (so much so that some of us who know the members of the band have kidded only in half-jest that they must have equally talented doppelgangers secretly helping them out).
Far from being studio hermits, Hotel Neon frequently performs live and tours extensively, engaging audiences with their immersive resonances enhanced with projected film and images. This fall they will be heading west for a special string of shows along with Benoît Pioulard (based in Seattle, WA) and Marcus Fischer (based in Portland, OR) and they will be bringing yet more new music with them, a long-form cassette release called Inward. While the tapes will initially only be available at the concert venues, it will eventually see release on Bandcamp and you can sample a gorgeous 9+ minute excerpt of it right here in an exclusive premiere.
Links: Hotel Neon on Bandcamp | Hotel Neon website
The excerpt is lifted from the beginning section of the piece which immediately sweeps up the listener into a lush world of sound surrounded by melancholic arcs of melody which reflect the creative partnership the group has recently struck with Matt Kidd (aka Slow Meadow) on the mixing controls. Before it fades, the excerpt begins to hint at the deeper journey charted by the full-length piece takes as it descends through layers of subconscious terrain in search of cavernous introspective spaces.
See directly below for dates & locations of the upcoming shows and be sure to check the links above for release info and future updates.
FALL TOUR 2018 with Marcus Fischer and Benoit Pioulard
Friday, October 12: Los Angeles, CA @ Studio 106 w/ the 2vvo
Monday, October 15: San Francisco, CA @ Envelop SF (32-speaker spatial audio performance)
Tuesday, October 16: Berkeley, CA @ The Back Room w/ r beny
Thursday, October 18: Portland, OR @ Disjecta w/ Patricia Wolf
Friday, October 19: Vancouver, BC @ Red Gate Arts Society w/ Tetuzi Akiyama
Saturday, October 20: Seattle, WA @ The Chapel Performance Space