I’ve been a fan of Furry Hands for a while now and should have put his latest release up sooner as a TOTW. His use of Teenage Engineerings OP1 synth really excites me. As a user of the synth myself its nice to hear the work of someone else who has experimented and developed their own sound on this interesting little machine.
Because of the use of the OP-1, Furry Hands work manages to always sound connected and I have always found it enchanting. On this EP he has added some new instrumentation and even vocals to a track developing his sound further whilst keeping to the routes that I enjoy so much:
In the modern era of computer music limitations can be a good thing. You can now carry a laptop and have access to hundreds of gigabytes worth of sample librarys featuring thousands of instruments and synths that can realistically create almost any sound imaginable.
Although a blessing all this choice can leave you in a bit of a creative quagmire. You can spend so long tweaking the way a track sounds it never gets finished. That’s when limiting the equipment you use to a few things really speeds up workflow.
The OP1 is a small portable synthesiser by teenage engineering. Apart from looking really cool it has the tools to create full songs. To prove this a Cologne based electronic collective called Noorden released “Rumble when Bumble” a compilation album from different artists using purely the OP1.
And it’s from this album i found this track by Furry Hands. All i know is that they are “a group of musicians and photographers based in Helsingborg, Sweden” and that I like their music which is all made using the OP1.
There’s something about the way this track slowly develops that really gets to me. I have always been a fan of organ and pad sounds created by synthesisers and these slowly layer developing into something delicate and blissful before it turns into a more jagged percussive track that staggers and pops its way to its conclusion:
If you like what you hear Furry Hands have a collection of albums available to download from there bandcamp page available here: