Palmbomen II (live)
Palmbomen II. First of all, where does the II come from? I'll tell you all that and more.
Kai Hugo's first musical project was called Ganz Nackisch. After a few songs, he decided to ditch the hard sound of this project for a more tropical one. Only after being asked to fill in for a cancelled artist was the name Palmbomen chosen, which is the Dutch word for palm trees - a plant not found in Holland. Palmbomen was born and Hugo never actually saw these trees until he toured the US for the first time. The name fits his music, which has a pleasant & laid back haze about it.
As for Palmbomen II, Hugo initiated this project while spending a summer watching X-Files in his mother's attic. Since 2015, Hugo has been releasing under the name and this marks a significant departure from his previous sound. In this moment he split the project in two, with Palmbomen being a group-oriented collaboration suited for live dynamics and instrumentation. Alternatively, Palmbomen II is geared toward solitary production using classic sequencers, synths, and time-tested drum machines as a base.
Palmbomen II made a well received debut on Tim Sweeney's Beats In Space Records with the eponymous full-length album released in 2015. Now, in 2017 Beats In Space has lined up four EPs from Palmbomen II called Memories Of Cindy. This amounts to over an album's worth of material, the first three will come out individually in the coming months, starting with part one that is out now. You can catch his renowned live set and enjoy DJ sets from BIS label head Tim Sweeney May 6th at the Brooklyn Bazaar in Greenpoint.