Space Music: Mark Van Hoen, 3Teeth


Two killer, dissimilar records. Saint Marie, Artoffact Records

We're about to break for Thanksgiving here at STBYM, so how about a little Space Music?

First up, electronic music veteran Mark Van Hoen just released his new album "Nightvision" on Saint Marie Records. If you're not familiar with Hoen (or his work under the moniker "Locust"), then I can't recommend his gloriously organic, time-traveling ambiance highly enough -- and I probably think to time travel due to his wonderful 1998 album "Playing With Time." The work is glitchy-yet-beautiful, littered with vocal remnants like those emerging from some warm, psychedelic journey though a personal timeline.

"Nightvision" follows much of the same path, favoring warmly nostalgic threads through a world of IDM electronic sound. Watch the music video "I Love to Fly" below, buy the album on Amazon and stream it in full on Spotify.

The Industrial Sounds of 3Teeth

I tend to cover more electronic artists on Space Music, but my musical DNA also includes a strong industrial appreciation as well: early Ministry, Leather Strip, Bigod 20, Throbbing Gristle and of course Nine Inch Nails. In my recent (failed) attempt to beat scalpers to Tool tickets, I explored the sounds of their 2016 opener 3Teeth.

The LA-based band strikes a wonderful balance of 90s industrial darkness with contemporary sensibilities -- even throwing in a dash of dark ambiance and Discordian social commentary. I'm particularly fond of the tracks "Dust," "Master of Decay" and "Dissolve" -- but the whole album is worth a listen. You'll find the Soundcloud below, but it's also on Spotify,Amazon and other music suppliers.

Space Music is a continuous exploration of our expanding cosmos of sound, with a semi-firm emphasis on electronic music. Explore years of posts right here, and sample a little of everything at the Space Music Sampler playlist on Spotify.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.