Pick-Up - Departure
Pick-Up is the Dutch duo of Frans de Waard (electronics) and Martin Luiten (resonator guitar). Both are longtime figures in the European experimental music scene since the mid 80’s. Frans de Waard played & toured extensively with numerous groups such as Kapotte Muziek, Beequeen, Goem, Zebra/Wieman, The Tobacconists and Ezdanitoff working a wide range of musical interest, besides working at Staalplaat (1992-2003) and started his own Vital publication in 1986 (now Vital Weekly); Martin started the bands Girlfriends and Uw Hypotheekadvies and now plays with The Julie Mittens.
“Departure” is a fine atmospheric work of contemporary experimental music, minimal electronics, sci-fi, hypnotic drones, Fennesz-like lush textures, hypnotic ring mod madness… despite the electronic nature of the music, it never loses its human side, leaving room for blues accents, in fact it seems like the guitar is left raw at times, while the laptop elaborates minimal layers around it and vice versa.