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Ian Hawgood + Danny Norbury
Faintly Recollected

Home Normal - restful music on an anything-but-restful release schedule. This time it’s HN boss Ian Hawgood himself exchanging notes with Danny Norbury (The Boats). The result is one gapless piece cued into seven untitled movements. Wistful layers of cello, serene and cinematic passage thr...view item »

Ian Hawgood + Giulio Aldinucci
Consequence Shadows

More somnolent, slow-burning electroacoustic ambience courtesy of Ian “Home Normal” Hawgood and rippling fieldrec soundscapist Guilio Aldinucci. There are sometimes more layers to these arrangements than first meet the ear, as it seems great care has gone into ensuring all elements b...view item »

Sontag Shogun & Moskitoo
The Things We Let Fall Apart / The Thunderswan

Breathy-voiced Moskitoo (Sanae Yamasaki) joins forces with Sontag Shogun (Ian Temple, Jesse Perlstein and Jeremy Young) to produce a pair of gentle electroacoustic ambient numbers for Home Normal. Field recordings, piano, Moskitoo’s voice and various electronics are all more or less processed into an elega...view item »

Ghost and Tape
Vár

Ghost and Tape is the ambient music project of Heine Christensen. Var is his fourth album. It is warm and organic soundscapes made up from electric and acoustic instruments mixed with field recordings. Following a stint on the Schole label, Var is released on Home Normal. This should go down a t...view item »

Jason van Wyk
Opacity

Jason van Wyk is not just a musician, he is a sound artist. Opacity shows the South African's true brilliance and ability to use to his full advantage his talent at connecting what happens in his head to the music that comes through his instruments. This record is available on CD and is released on Home Normal. ...view item »

Jason van Wyk
Attachment

If you’re after pretty much perfect relaxation and harmony, look no further than Attachment by Jason van Wyk. The record could send you to sleep, or into deep thought...view item »

Giulio Fagiolini
Dietro a un vetro

Aaaah, this is nice. Say, “Aaah”, everyone, for Tokyo’s still bijou and perfectly formed, yet incrementally expanding neo-minimalist label Home Normal have given us a new one to swoon over. And it’s a beauty. Gently warm piano, lapping at your ears like a balmy ocean or a panting Collie. The man at the keyboard is ...view item »

M. Ostermeier
Tiny Birds

Clint has just handed me the latest neoclassical opus by M Ostermeier to review. Marc -- that's what the 'M' stands for, by the way -- is a professor of chemical and bio-molecular engineering, label co-founder, composer, musician, polymath, Baltimorian.  It's funny, because Clint knows I have a penchant for all things instrumental and ...view item »

Ian Hawgood + Wil Bolton
Transparencies

Aah, this is just what I needed to hear before I pack up for the week: a lovely new full-length CD of tender instrumentals from the always reliable Ian Hawgood and Wil Bolton. The Tokyo-based Home Normal stable do like to remind us occasionally of how much they love us. Well, they love us a lot and the feeling is mutual. Transparencies makes all...view item »

Ken Ikeda + David Toop
Skin Tones

What happens when two ambient guys -- one who is a musician, artist and sometime collaborator with David Lynch, and one who is a ‘sound curator’ and writerly academic from Enfield -- get together? Well they make improvised noises together to potentially scare children and unsettle even the most attentive and receptive of adults. ...view item »

James Murray
Killing Ghosts

A quick gander on a well-known website at the busy discography of James Murray reveals him to be a hard-working lad. Although the description, “Ambient/downtempo artist from the UK” hardly seems adequate based on the thrilling sound-waves bleeding out of the (second set of) headphones covering my ears this afternoon. Heavily ...view item »

Ian Hawgood
Love Retained

I'm always concerned about reviewing a record in which an artist opens up in a press release about their previous struggles in that I may take pity on the record and glowingly review it out of fear that I may somehow make the situation worse .   Generally though you have to let the music do the talking and I'm taking what I want out...view item »

Tobias Hellkvist
Kaskelot: Reissue + Remixes

Tobias Hellkvist has been composing richly-textured electroacoustic suites for some years now. Kaskelot is an EP that went down very well in Japan in 2011: now it gets a bulked-up reissue, with new remixes by artists like Chihei Hatakeyama and offthesky, each one of whom takes the sourc...view item »

Tobias Hellkvist
Vesterhavet (Extended)

Tobias Hellkvist has been composing richly-textured dense drone suites for some years now. Vesterhavet was initially self-released last year, but Home Normal liked it enough to give the full extended version of the piece a proper physical release, which is what you see before you. Vesterhavet will suit any fan ...view item »

Altars Altars
Small Hours

Herein you’ll find Altars Altars making all the sounds that make sleepy warm drone fans want to applaud with tears. This gorgeous, slow and ever so distant record relies heavily on twanged-to-fuck guitars (twanged, in this sense, from the reel to reel tapes used), as if doing a Loren Connors reboot for a modern audience. These little,...view item »

Mere
Mere II

Mere is Gareth Davis’ free improvised jazz trio, bringing in guitar and drums to join the movements of his wildly-flailing bass clarinet. Mere II is the second part of a live recording, which has in turn been divided into three distinct sessions and carefully mastered to bring out every last detai...view item »

Mere
Mere III

Mere is Gareth Davis’ free improvised jazz trio, bringing in guitar and drums to join the movements of his wildly-flailing bass clarinet. Mere III is the third part of a lively and questing live recording, carefully mastered to...view item »

ISAN + Paco Sala + R Elizabeth + A New Line (Related)
Rough Imaginary

Well in the end I just went an opened the thing. So excited I was by hearing three unreleased A New Line (Related) tracks that I stuck my finger in the shrink wrap and clawed the thing open.   Indeed the three ANL(R) tracks are worth the admission price alone particularly opener ‘A Finger But...view item »

Konntinent
Empire Line

It looked like that was gonna be it for Anthony Harrison’s Konntinent project. After a supposedly a final ambient peep in 2012, his new project Paco Sala would replace yesterday’s mournful tones, the original follow up to Opal Island shelved and sentiment left at the door. Having somet...view item »

Giulio Aldinucci
Goccia

Giulio Aldinucci’s new one openers with a quite heartbreaking operatic synth paean… accompanied by samples of flies buzzing about the place. At first I had to scan my immediate vicinity to make sure the sound wasn’t coming from elsewhere, since it’s arguably one of my least favourite sounds ever, but the sound belongs to...view item »

Gurun Gurun
Gurun Gurun

3 new Home Normal's in this week. Like buses they tend to come at once... or when I'm waiting for a bus they never comeatfuckingall. This has arrived though and it's here in my hand and while I'm listening to it I have the CD right next to me in my periphery vision so I can stay focused. Nice work Phil. These guys are a Czech collective of exper...view item »

Greg Davis
Midpoint

Home Normal are churning them out at the moment. It feel like they have something out every week! I could be wrong, perhaps my perception of time has been altered. I blame Greg Davis and his 'Midpoint' CD. This guy's stuff has a strange effect on me. The disc comprises two tracks. The first is a mixdown from a live quadraphonic performance where he...view item »

birdt
Place For One Day

There are a slew of new releases are coming at you from the ever popular Home Normal label over the next few weeks starting off with this one from the folky Netherlands-based ensemble Birdt. Now, I have to admit I did have Home Normal down as an ambient only label but it turns out  they do release other kind of music and this album ...view item »

Melodia
Diario de viaje

It’s now an ancient cliche, but the argument that a limitless source of amazement is available in just a few clicks is true for its sapping of inspiration. With so much content flowing through us, doesn’t it lessen the effect of the wonderful? Well, there’s an easy solution - get out of the house. Go outside. Have a picnic in B...view item »

Christopher Hipgrave
No Greater Hero Than The Least Plant That Grows

Ah, here’s the Home Normal lot back to business. Super minimal driftwood ambiance to accompany anorak magazine reading, scented candle bathtime or romps on the moors. I jest, but you could probably do all of those things comfortably to this music, but I’m sure Mr. Hipgrave wouldn’t be too happy about such pigeonholing. Well, th...view item »

Elian
Harrowgate

If, like me, you like your ambient albums to sound like they’ve been beamed in from another dimension, then you’d do well to check out this unassuming disc on Home Normal by US producer Elian. The sounds on the album are as alluring and cryptic as the cover art with warm synth pads giving way to oblique rhythmical textures, with abst...view item »

Olan Mill
Half Seas Over

Half Seas Over is a phrase used by ye olde sailors to describe that “oh shit” situation where waves are washing over into your ship. Rather than dwell on the peril implied by that predicament, it’s almost as if UK-based ambient doctor Olan Mill has decided “ah well, I guess that’s it” and accepted the engulfin...view item »

Tobias Hellkvist
Evolutions

Home Normal are cracking 'em out at the mo. There's another bunch of releases due over the coming weeks. This week we got two newies and the one I've got in my hands is a CD by Tobias Hellkvist. It starts off all pleasantly droney and warm sounding like many other releases sound at the mo. It does develop though as it's not just your fanc...view item »

Islands Of Light
Ruebke

Vienna's Dino Spiluttini is something of a modern day renaissance man; a designer, illustrator and photographer, he also runs one and a half record labels, releases "irreverent drone" under his own name, and has somehow still found time to craft this subtle and relaxing CD of manipulated pianos and drones as Islands Of Light. There's a man who l...view item »

Ekca Liena & Spheruleus
Mapping The Boundary Layer

Ekca Liena and Spheruleus team up for an ultra atmospheric collaboration that is literally about atmospheric conditions. Yes, that’s right - the duo have taken the theme ...view item »

Konntinent
Closer Came The Light

You should be reasonably familiar with this chap by now as we've been singing his praises for some time now. Degrees, Integers was genius and it's still one of my favourites now. What's amazing about this album is all the tracks were recorded in a single take! He creates beautiful soundsc...view item »

Autistici
Amplified Presence

Subtle soundscapes and minimal meanderings (that's adequate alliteration) from UK-based artist Autistici. Autistici creates audio narratives aimed at exploring the interchange between sound and space. Space in this context also includes the subjective space held within the listener. In this...view item »

offthesky
Hiding Nature

Offthesky next. After a conceptual dronework for the Tokyo Droning offshoot, Home Normal unleash another stuttering, meandering, "twinkle chirrup & glitch fest" called 'Hiding Nature'. It sounds at one point like pretty chimes and elements of fine glass percussion are being played with by an amorphous blob monster from the planet Nexi...view item »

Taishi Kamiya
Spectra of Air

Apparently Taishi Kamiya makes his improvised droney ambient meat by slaughtering saxophone cattle with a laptop. Which is a pretty novel approach in the field, I reckon. In the press release Ian Hawgood mentions his worries over the choice of instrument - having 'associated it with eighties sex scenes in movies or something like that' - but upo...view item »

Nicolas Bernier
The Dancing Deer EP

No info on this person except I've discovered he's an electroacoustic producer from Montreal. The main track on this EP initially reminds me a little of an old glitch-y downtempo Planet Mu or Toytronic style track with a searching Orbital-style wibble that cuts through the tune like a longing searchlight. Then it goes all abstract and slightly d...view item »

Elian
Whispers, Then Silence

This is one of those that takes a few minutes before you're finally convinced that it's not a blank CD but once it kicks off there's loads going on.. Actually it's probably the most varied release I can remember hearing on the label to date. So far there's been subtle field recordings, twinkling Moondog-style kalimba (at least I think that's wha...view item »