Jon Hopkins- Immunity
Sometimes, regrettably, it takes a music journalist multiple year-end lists to discover the talent that fell by personal wayside. Musicians who work hard to gain attention often slip through the cracks of exposure, victims of overwhelming quantity and limited hours in a day. The serendipitous tool of discovery is one to admire and appreciate, and I smile at the thought of those who much sooner than I found Jon Hopkins- a top candidate for the number one ranking of 2013’s electronic music- while I danced blissful and ignorant under the spell of music that I simply discovered sooner than his.
Immunity has finally reached my cord and I’m acting now to ensure that it reaches yours too, because it’s a delicious scoop of that new flavor of gelato, a fantastic laugh during a shit day, the boldest strawberry in the box.
Jon Hopkins is an ambient electronic producer from England who began his career as a pianist for Imogen Heap, growing into contributing productions for Brian Eno and Coldplay, weaving in and out of solo albums since his critically acclaimed, cinematic and accessible debut Opalescent in 1999. He’s toured the world, had massive TV show placements and composed soundtracks for major films The Lovely Bones and Monsters. His shadowed presence over the years is a testament to the invisibility of even the world’s most successful music producers. Glamour mostly remains among the industry professionals, that is until a solo album like Hopkins’ Immunity bears its dark beat horns at us, pounding with an exciting sense of melodic uncertainty, trailing just ahead of the more that we crave while listening.
Standout down-tempo tracks are “Breathe This Air” and “Sun Harmonics,” both of which use sparse piano, unnerving minor melody progressions and invigorating bass to create a euphoric compromise between dark and freer moods, provocative and gleaming in minimal entrancement. Never is glitch as charming and purposeful as it exists on “Form By Firelight,” crackling like a dirty wrapper beat alongside haunting lolly-pop tones. Opener “We Disappear” is a catchy introduction to the heavy, numbing comfort that Jon Hopkins is capable of creating. The industrial core of “Collider” is immediately followed by gentle piano winds on “Abandon Window,” gesturing towards Hopkins’ possible album intentions. Immunity acts almost as a reflection of temperamental emotional experiences, intuitive and responsive to the uncertainty and certain change of our own lives. Dip in below: