Henri Puolitaival, whose work under the name Halvtrak posits him as an ascendant figure in the new generation of Finnish techno producers, has spent the past few years quietly amassing a stellar discography with flawless releases on Acid Waxa, Don't Be Afraid and Topic Drift. Those who keep up with him on his various social media channels will already be aware of his deft ability to unearth brilliant industrial relics and document them as photographs. That same fascination is tangible in his recordings, in which old school Chicago and Detroit flavours are combined for results as sweet as they are sour.
Never one to sing his own praises, Puolitaival is of a school who prefer to let their warped analogue productions and the fictional universe they inhabit speak for themselves. With a new EP fresh out of the stable, we figured that now would be an opportune moment to have him tell us more about his influences, and to delve deep into the mind of Halvtrak.
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MUSICOLOGY - HALL OF MIRRORS
Thinking man's Techno. Music for the future that never was. I could have picked anything from the early B12 catalogue, but this very recording captures the feeling and the essence. I wouldn't be surprised if the title pays respect to Kraftwerk's The Hall of Mirrors.