Firstly, that the music should sound live, spontaneous — to which end an old tape machine was marshalled; a live show cannibalised. Second, that each track should feature drums, guitar, electronics and bass, no more, or a combination of any three, notably the artist’s hitherto neglected ‘first love’, electric bass (how sentiment threatens to quash the scientific). Four, all other whimsy such as melody would be stripped away. Fifthly, finally, and most brutally, only the best six tracks would make the cut.
The day of the record’s release, I came across Johannes d’Hoine in the streets of Antwerp. Peering into the void of a baroque church, he looked somehow reduced. To raise his spirits, I piled praise on the record. Less is more, he muttered strangely. Kill your darlings! But I saw that, though the music lived, something in d’Hoine had died; he and Doe One did not speak again. [Text: Clodagh Kinsella]Small Numbers is an Entr’acte release (E251)
released June 21, 2020
All tracks composed and mixed by Hannes d’Hoine
Guitars: Sjoerd Bruil
Drums: Jeroen Stevens
Recorded onto tape by Mark Dedecker at Studio Finster
Mastered by Uwe Teichert