Koen Holtkamp – Battenkill

Listen to a beautiful and captivating river-inspired song by Brooklyn artist Koen Holtkamp.


Words by: Karen Chan

Taken from Brooklyn experimental artist Koen Holtkamp’s latest album ‘Liquid Light Forms’ on Barge Recordings is Battenkill, an slice of untethered, free-floating electronic beats that sounds exactly like the kind of music soundtracking a David Attenborough-narrated documentary.

Rippling and rendered with pure and stunningly corporeal sonic elements, it’s an epic 17 and a half minutes long track made up of disoriented rhythms, fluctuating up and down like sea waves. It imitates the sounds of aquatic life and radiates a hypnotic ambience which the artist’s inspiration came from; this three-track full-length is a dedication to the three rivers in upstate New York where Holtkamp, also known as one half of Mountains, resides. Dense without feeling cluttered, it’s an immersive counterpart to its inspiration. According to a press release, “the album focuses almost entirely on electronic pieces utilizing predominantly voltage controlled modular synthesizers and sequencers.” Listen below.


A. Battenkill
B. Hoosick / Hudson Static (Live at Shea Stadium)

Barge Recordings will release Koen Holtkamp – ‘Liquid Light Forms’ in limited edition of 400 copies on vinyl and in digital format on 20th November, 2012