Lieven Martens

The Habu

Artwork: Johann Kauth

from the label:

This LP has 3 works.
In the prelude i took up and rejected the proposal of writing the first existing piece of music for Monserrate palace - an unsung place of (touristic) beauty.
A mini-male suite of simple electronic and simulacra melodies.
And a larger piece that takes the Habu snake - an Okinawan pit viper - as its motive. It is a mosaic collection of questions.

"Poole Music is thrilled to announce its inaugural commission, the Habu, the latest full-length from Belgium’s Lieven Martens. For the better part of two decades, Martens has been expanding his Aloha-bedecked musical vision, transitioning from the basement tape environments of his Dolphins into the Future project to the rich compositional tapestries of more recent post-exotica modernist works.

The Habu represents a true culmination of these identities in one of his most ambitious works to date. The album’s three pieces cast an omniverous net that explores those fragile tendriles between imagined and real, natural and fabricated, unity and chaos; concrete sounds enabling abstract inner landscapes. With the ecstatic revelry of Marco Polo returning to his queen, Lieven brings us gems from all corners of the navigable world: tales of an impossibly guilded Portugese palace, a fertility tonic conjured from a poisionous serpent, a simulacrum of Honolulu. At a moment when the world is more geographically isolated than it has been in generations, Martens’ the Habu is a welcome odyssey, a Charybdian travelogue of the psyche. About face." (POOLE MUSIC)

"The Habu by Belgian electronic artist Lieven Martens, FKA Dolphins Into The Future, morphs elements of his previous work into a fully realised exploration of imagination and reality, natural and man-made. ‘The Habu’ is an ambient whirlpool of synths and field recordings culled from underwater worlds, Hawaii, Portugal and more." (NORMAN RECORDS)

"Martens balances so many moods in short spaces. It’s as disorienting as it is impressive, but it has purpose as he guides you through this sunken, cinematic expedition. I find myself returning to The Habu over and over, at all times of the day, in an attempt to unlock all of the secrets. (…) it’s a puzzle that won’t give up the answer so easily, and that’s part of the allure and brilliance of his work here.
Lieven Martens work continues to be an important touchstone and with The Habu, he shows there’s so much more to come.” (FOXY DIGITALIS)