Principe Del Norte

Prins Thomas - Principe Del Norte
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2016 Ratings: #493 / 775
User Score
Based on 11 ratings
February 19, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Smalltown Supersound / Label
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You can spot similarities and name-check influences throughout, but Principe Del Norte still stands as Hermansen's most distinctive and satisfying record to date.

Even with the album's epic length, it never feels meandering or indulgent, as Prins Thomas remains supremely focused throughout the entire journey, finding the duality between the different types of "cosmic" music.

Principe doesn’t carve any revolutionary niches on or off the dance floor so much as it patiently, oh so patiently, chips away at Thomas’ own reputation as a space-disco purveyor. You could even say it brings him back to Earth.


You don't come to Principe del Norte for concision. You come to kick back, get lost in Thomas' textures, and forget about time for a while. It's not music for airports; it's music for beanbag chairs, and that's just fine.

Rather than being the result of endless creativity, this record feels like it was born out of a hesitancy to decide on a final form for any of its material.
The Guardian
Thomas’s idol, the Ash Ra Tempel guitarist and Balearic pioneer Manuel Göttsching ... looms large in the burbling analogue synths and sensual guitars of the first half, which verges on bland hero-worship.
Prins Thomas proves to us that he's the same as he has ever been with an excruciatingly long album that perfectly captures the feel of cosmic travel with gorgeous, analog synths and slow, programmed beats that progress with such patience and subtlety.

Favourite tracks: E, F, G
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Added on: January 18, 2016