Hiro Kone es Nicky Mao, una productora afincada en Nueva York que atesora un techno tenso, un minimalismo industrial y una tremenda audacia. Todo esto queda reflejado en su último LP, Puré Expenditure (Dais). La compositora estadounidense mostrará en Gijón su trabajo más emocional, tejido en un laberinto de patrones electrónicos.
La historia musical de Mao es un viaje que comienza a ritmo del post-punk y que ha mutado hacia el techno experimental bautizado como Hiro Kone (frase sacada del lenguaje iroqués y cuya traducción sería “He hablado”).
Su discurso musical navega entre un techno experimental impregnado de misticismo y cierto acabado pop, con ambientaciones luminosas y el uso de suntuosas voces fragmentadas.
Un lujo para los sentidos.
ENG: Hiro Kone is a New York based musician and producer: a multi-instrumentalist, who studied classical music as a child but abandoned her violin training to play guitar in punk bands as a teenager.
Currently, she uses a combination of hardware, synths, and modular to cultivate her sound. She released her first self-titled EP, co-produced with Tim Dewit (Gang Gang Dance) on the since defunct label Bitterroots in 2012.
Following this, she released two EPs back to back in 2014. “The Unmoved Mover” (Group Tightener) envisioned the factions and movements in the human psyche and soul from an indivisible prime source. “Fallen Angels” (Geographic North) sourced Mao’s earliest memories of childhood in Hong Kong, repurposing vibrant fragments of the past through a disorienting array of sonic imagery.
“Love is the Capital” is her debut LP, bringing with it some of her most emotionally and politically driven work yet. It is Hiro Kone’s long coming opus, examining a number of all- too-relevant themes: capital, the state, egoism, anxiety, and steadfast optimism.
She has participated in several collaborations, including a live score for Cinema 16 at The International House of Philadelphia (2012), “A Raga for Moog and Violin” with Arp (Geographic North, 2016), and for David Van Tieghem x 10 “Fits and Starts” (RVNG Intl, 2013). She has been collaborating with Little Annie Anxiety (Crass, Coil) to reimagine Annie’s first two albums “Soul Possession” and “Jackamo” live for the Dais Records 10 Year Anniversary in New York City.
Hiro Kone’s close collaborator is Drew McDowall – their collab album “The Ghost Of Georges Bataille” will be released by Bank Records this Spring. Her next solo album is scheduled to be out on Dais Records in August.
A Fossil Begins To Bray
In her most personally narrative work to date, A Fossil Begins To Bray is the follow up on Dais Records for NYC producer Hiro Kone, furthering the dialogue set forth on her 2018 release, Pure Expenditure. While the statements on Pure Expenditure rallied behind a point of dangerous excess and injustice, the material on A Fossil Begins To Bray embark upon a journey of discovery and self-analysis, proposing a potential reorientation towards absence in hopes of illuminating potential futures.
Preorder available from Dais Records here.
Artwork by Tauba Auerbach | Mixed and Mastered by Kris Lapke | Cut by Josh Bonati