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The First Cause

by Locust

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    140g black vinyl LP, full-color jacket & poly-lined inner sleeve

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γ Vel 04:50
Sea Tides 04:48
Tell Me 03:55
She Knows 04:27
OX-HO 04:06 video
Miriam 05:03


Track previews and UK/EU vinyl pre-orders available at Space Cadets:

Drifting, hanging, holding. Hoping, seeking, searching. And then finding.

Mark Van Hoen's ninth album as Locust is a cosmic whisper, a tender touch, where candid songwriting commingles with the afterimage of trip-hop and jungle. Across eight tracks, spectral melodies dance between languid breakbeats, and a formless murmur drifts through the ether, seeking a common thread.

Layered in strata, "The First Cause" reveals itself anew with each listen. Delicate tones share space with bass weight. Drums crunch, and rhythms cascade. Voices loop and intone, bodiless. What at first seems melancholy, you may later find reoriented—toward promise.

We seek solace in each other, and we seek solace in sound. Kinship isn't easy to come by. When a record offers its kind embrace to us as this one does, without reservation, we should take heed.


released October 20, 2023

Written, performed and produced by Mark Van Hoen
© Touch Music/Fairwood Music UK Ltd
℗ 2023 Mark Van Hoen under exclusive license to Mysteries of the Deep

Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio, NY
Photography by Grant Aaron
Design by Gabriel Benzur
Words by Chris Zaldua

Pressed by: AFG Record Manufacturing
Worldwide Distribution: Space Cadets

© Mysteries of the Deep
MOTDLP017, 2023


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Mark Van Hoen Los Angeles, California

Mark Van Hoen is a British electronic music artist of Indian-Jamaican descent. He has released under his own name as well as Locust. Pitchfork said, "Musically, Van Hoen belongs to a distinguished family tree. Originally influenced by the likes of Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream, and later presaging both Autechre's glitch and Boards of Canada's pastoral IDM." ... more

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