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Hiro Kone releases a stunning new LP on DAIS Records - 'Pure Expenditure' premiered at Berlin Atonal

"The dense, evocative music Mao makes as Hiro Kone seeks to communicate complex ideas. The way she directs her beats gives 'Pure Expenditure' a sense of purpose" Resident Advisor

+ one of RA's 'Five Key Performances' at Berlin Atonal 2018 "the message comes across in the music's sense of purpose...It had its darker moments, from pulsating industrial rhythms to quiet bouts of ambience, but overall her set felt much more optimistic than the record"

"Hiro Kone builds incredible tension with her modular synths, performing dark and pulsing cuts off her new 'Pure Expenditure' release. Her mastery is such that there’s never a boring moment, making for a deeply cinematic set." Crack Magazine, Berlin Atonal review
Since assuming the recording moniker Hiro Kone in 2011, New York City-based electronic artist Nicky Mao has personalized a space predicated on dark layers interacting with rhythm. With her early EPs on Group Tightener and Bitterroots, leading up to the EP Fallen Angels and the acclaimed debut full length album, Love Is the Capital (both on Geographic North). Conversely, Mao’s explorations often cast themselves against danceable structures, creating a duality of crisis and escapism. Earlier this year her collaborative record with Drew McDowall (Coil), The Ghost Of Georges Bataille, has been released on BANK Records. By turns unsettling and sublime, the churning and cinematic album seamlessly merges the abstract industrial explorations of McDowall's recent work with the more beat-oriented ambience of Hiro Kone releases.

For Pure Expenditure—her debut on DAIS Records—Mao continues to weave a labyrinth of electronic pattern, with an often economical usage of repeating sequences and ethereal stasis to drive the narrative. The title refers to the sovereign release of a surplus energy, divorced from all imperatives of utility, which otherwise threatens to become morbid. Working from this creative theme, Mao uses this theoretical concept to seek out a long form statement without regard for any immediate interpretation or return.

In the context and construct of the album’s format, Pure Expenditure reaches into the psyche of sacrifice and the danger of excess, not in a traditional allegory, but in the actual investigation of where energy is absorbed and how it’s often negatively seeped into moral fiber. While the albums’ seven tracks don’t offer so much as a resolution to these conundrums as they do a case study, Mao’s sound has developed forcibly into the conscientious voice of systematic injustice, albeit often without syntax. Pure Expenditure creates thought through concept and volume through space. 

As a journey, Pure Expenditure plunges into meditation and throbs in and out of a lucid consciousness orchestrated by Mao, but never veering into vanity. Pure Expenditure is as much rumination as it is ritual, querying the corners of Capitalism by hypnotically circling its tenets in measured cadence.

Pure Expenditure is out now!


Hiro Kone premiered the album live at Berlin Atonal to rave reviews, she will be touring EU in October, and is open to further dates later in 2018 and 2019.

Next EU tour dates:
3 October: Cave12, Geneva
7 October: Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm w/ Puce Mary
11 October: Sudpol, Luzerne
12 October: ZDB, Lisbon

You can get a further taste of her sonic world at FACT Magazine: live session - Hiro Kone live from Berlin Atonal and Hiro Kone Secret Thirteen Mix

Please get in touch to discuss your ideas soon!

All the best,

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Karolina Bartczak
POLY. Artists

working with: Christoph de Babalon • Hiro Kone • Silvia Kastel • Wetware

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