Active since the late 1990's, Michael Palace's Horchata project has become known for the quality of his output as well as for his highly appraised collaborations. Starting with the essential "Integral" album (the direct predecessor of "Basidia", Horchata's second solo CD), in which Horchata set an example for the whole illbient / dark hop scene, Michael Palace later collaborated with Twine (of Bip-Hop and Ghostly International fame), Ocosi, Miles Tilmann, Narc and Zenopede on releases which demonstrated Horchata's ability at working with varied sound sources and genres. (Get this on CD / as mp3)
Partly working with sound sampled from his field trips to the Amazon forest (Michael Palace is a research scientist at the New Hampshire's Complex System Research Center), Horchata's music ranges from the most organic of atmospheric music to the deepest of basses and the most touching melodies. The result, a bodily experience that shakes the end and tortures the subwoofer, has been demonstrated live on many occasions, and has helped Horchata gain the status of a band to watch.
Ad Noiseam is proud to release Horchata's "Basidia" album, which showcases all the facets of Horchata's talent, and hopefully displays the high amount of thought put into these recordings. A great care is given here to feelings and sound design, making of Horchata an act of his own, where structure, atmosphere, beats and tones are carefully arranged into a mesmerizing and beautiful experience.