Pim van Horssen – better known by his alias SQL – has had a complex relationship with music over his 10 year career, but the outcome is quite spectacular. His debut LP Sequel is not only a delectable ten-track compilation of songs, it also offers a window into his life experiences.
Considering the music alone, the Dutch producer has gifted us with an album that covers all bases: genre-expansive enough to please most palates geared towards electronica, and so well balanced that it can be enjoyed as easily at home as it can in a club. The many layers throughout Sequel sound like the pieces of a puzzle coming together, which comes as no surprise given his method of working. “I used to make more minimalistic techno and very computer-based music, but in the last few years I’ve found a more crafty, collage way of writing music,” he explains.
Yet as you delve further into Sequel and the stories behind it, you realise that it’s not just a case of the sounds falling into place, but van Horssen’s life too. Questions of death and mental health drive tracks such as ‘Melancholia’ and ‘Metanoia’, which are offset by brighter cuts like ’11th Hour’ and ‘Meraki’. From emotional journeys to adventures across Australia – which inspired the acid-tinged ‘Wildlands’ – Sequel is a deeply personal collection of memories translated into music accessible to the rest of us.
Download Sequel here, out now via Gem Records.