AOTY 2018

Cocoon Crush

Objekt - Cocoon Crush
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #25 / 709
User Score
Based on 81 ratings
2018 Ratings: #202
November 9, 2018 / Release Date
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IDM, Techno / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

92
Resident Advisor

For all its mind-melting attention to detail, Hertz's music has rarely sounded so evocative.

90
Exclaim!

The arrangements themselves are never predictable, twisting and turning with opportunistic glee, marrying the fluidity of his role as a sonic architect. Superlatives can often be tossed around carelessly when describing music, but in TJ Hertz' case, they are wholly and utterly deserved.

90
XLR8R
Objekt— whether artist, producer or mad professor—is on top of his game, and his latest creation is as beautiful as it is powerful.
90
PopMatters

If Flatlands was the initial state of the project's existence, the time that passed in between the two records saw Hertz construct this evolutionary shell and undergo an intriguing metamorphosis. Now he is ready to expose the new form of Objekt, and it results in one of the most impressive records of this year.

80
Crack Magazine

More of a comedown companion than a club classic, Cocoon Crush sees Hertz in a largely sombre mood, and he’s all the better for it. This is an album to be savoured in a granular level, a mosaic to be poured over time and again.

80
Pitchfork

Four years later, Flatland still sounds ahead of its time, but Cocoon Crush is leagues beyond it. It shows a total disregard for club music’s strictures, concerned primarily not with floor-filling, but world-building.

80
The 405
At times, the music here seems to genuinely constrict you, spiraling tendrils enwrapping the listener in a dense, deep lost cavern of thought and sound. Again, this is by no means an “easy” listen, but it’s likely to leave you changed.
70
The Line of Best Fit

Cocoon Crush is a portrait of an artist in transition. It’s rough around the edges, occasionally stunning, and always surprising.

MasterCrackfox
81
There is something strangely alien about this project; like walking onto a vast new planet of sound and texture that has yet to be explored. From the jittery beats to the droning background noises, the soundscape created across this project simultaneously leave the listener feeling like they are in a place inhabited by something unknown and full of a sense of solitude. The tracks can sometimes be unnerving, and at other times be soothing. All this to say is that this album is a mix of emotions, ... read more
TheRootBoy
79
It feels like Metroid Prime IDM, club music.
Plats
84
I just got some new headphones. The throbbing beats on “Cocoon Crush” were a great test for them! It’s an eerie and strange listen throughout with noises scattering throughout the left and right channels and droning synthesizers. It’s a uniquely unsettling experience overall and one that I do recommend.

Fav Tracks: Secret Snake, Rest Yr Troubles Over Me, Deadlock, Lost and Found, Dazzle Anew, 35, Runaway

Least Fav Track: Another Knot

Score:
8.4
Great
808thDimension
80
A great and somehow pretty creepy IDM album.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#5/The Quietus
#6/Mixmag
/Resident Advisor

Track List

  1. Lost and Found (Lost Mix)
  2. Dazzle Anew
  3. 35
  4. Nervous Silk
  5. Deadlock
  6. Rest Yr Troubles Over Me
  7. Silica
  8. Runaway
  9. Secret Snake
  10. Another Knot
  11. Lost and Found (Found Mix)
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Added on: September 20, 2018