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Track premiere : Tettix Hexer, The Great Vague

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Words by: Adam Emil Schierbeck

"The Great Vague" is the title of the opening track on Tettix Hexer’s debut album under the same name. It presents itself as a slow-building, hard-hitting euphoric soundscape with a subtle sub-note underlying huge, euphoric pads and arpeggiators.

Clearly more fitting for a live-show than a DJ-set, the track reminds one of other ecstatic and exhilarated tracks that came out during the 00’s and 10’s in the club scene, like Girl Unit's Wut, or even Rustie’s Triadszz – although The Great Vague is not quite as joyous as the two.

On the contrary, the track almost has an underlying tone of longing to it that's quite remarkable, distancing it from its cousins from the 2010s that clearly long towards the future, while The Great Vague leaves the listener with a feeling of desiring the past.

Jens Leonhard Aagard, the producer behind the Tettix Hexer moniker, recently finished his education as a sound designer at Sonic College and has long been an active part of underground scenes in both Copenhagen and Odense, where his hard-hitting soundscapes have made audiences in both cities stagger.

“The Great Vague is an ode to all the music that is now extinct” states Big Oil Recording Company, the record label releasing the digital files (Janushoved is in charge of the cassette), and that statement fits the sounds very well. The debut album opens up as you listen through it, drawing attention to other moods and feelings, joy shifting through melancholy before returning to ecstasy.

The track has a clear feeling of longing towards something that once was – while still maintaining a certain level of newness and sparkle. It’s melancholy mixed with euphoria; it’s past meets future.

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