Remember when IDM was the “next big thing” thanks to Warp artists like Aphex Twin and Autechre? If so, then the title track from Steve Hauschildt’s upcoming Nonlin will take you back to those hallowed days with its kaleidoscopic rhythms, twisting and distorted melodic fragments, and bubbling synths. It’s chaotic at first, but the closer you listen, the more you can sense Hauschildt’s method amidst the madness. That, and playfulness with a hint of darkness in the clamoring electronics.
Nonlin is Hauschildt’s third album in four years, following 2018’s Dissolvi (which featured collaborations with Julianna Barwick and GABI) and 2016’s Strands. (For the record, Strands’ title track is one of the loveliest electronic music compositions I’ve ever heard.)