Mark Van Hoen’s album Nightvision is so aptly titled that it’s almost fair to judge this book by its cover. Nightvision consists of ten tracks from a dark sunless future world where Blade Runner is come and gone and the apocalypse happened generations before. Mark Van Hoen creates a bleak, minimalistic landscape of sounds that haunt your brain and let your imagination run wild. It’s a post-Eno ambient masterpiece of synth goodness that expands beyond the universe into the great beyond.
With an army of synthesized sounds, ghost like murmurings, and a sound palette that is well beyond your imagination, Mark Van Hoen creates his soundscapes. The songs Van Hoen has composed on Nightvision are post-apocalyptic electronic drones that loop and twist into infinity. This is the sort of record where one song seamlessly bleeds into the next with barely any notice and as a result much of NIghtvision plays out as one 49 minute long dream.
Nightvision is an enjoyable listen on headphones and if listened to in a dark room could potentially cause insanity. Its rich textures and sounds play havoc with your ears as your mind runs rampant in Mark Van Hoen’s soundscape; and it’s amazing. If you like post rock, drone, ambient or just getting lost in a different world you can’t do much better than Nightvision!