“Electronic producer”, as a phrase, doesn’t necessarily suggest “good songwriter”. Obviously a lot of electronic producers are good songwriters, but it’s their talents as a maker of sounds that tend to get more praise than their ability to structure and arrange music. Hyetal is someone whose music has a very clear and proper trajectory that makes it more song-y than track-y, and this is evident on new tracks Jam The Network and Moving Statues, taken from his forthcoming album ‘Modern Worship’.
Jam The Network is an uptempo number with bright chords that lean towards an 80s chart pop aesthetic, but it’s balanced out by a bassline that’s far grittier than the Miami Vice sound the rest of it evokes. Moving Statues is driven by frantic and fractured percussion, but one suspects it would make quite mournful instrumental if its drum track were removed.