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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Koen Holtkamp project was created and recorded during the months before and after the birth of his child.
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  • Record Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Experimental Ambient
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 5, 2018
    80
    Holtkamp finds a beatific atmosphere somewhere between the first BEAST recordings and his earlier work.
  2. Dec 5, 2018
    80
    Supremely joyous and creative, Ens feels like the beginning of a new chapter for Holtkamp, and it's one of his most enjoyable works.
  3. Uncut
    Dec 5, 2018
    80
    He's made one of his most uncompromisingly lovely albums, a tender notebook of pointillist electronics, deep waves of drone and ever ascending, yet melancholy, melody. [Dec 2018, p.23]
  4. Dec 5, 2018
    68
    Ens tables the queries, at least temporarily, for a strictly personal statement. However you approach its aesthetic beauty, that is a much less satisfying response.
  5. Mojo
    Dec 5, 2018
    60
    Spare, simple, languid, often Ens lacks, ironically, is a wildness. In the end, it's just a little too tame. [Jan 2019, p.85]