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- The Shattered Light by Ian Hawgood
Ian Hawgood is a busy lad. Not content with running Home Normal, Nomadic Kids, Komu (his new label which this is released on), mastering loads of albums by like minded folk, releasing music in Kinder Scout and the forthcoming Black Elk album...he also has a brand new album out himself. It’s his first solo album in three years I think and, unlike many of the ambient drone community who are chucking releases out left right and centre, it’s great to see someone biding their time until they’ve got something they can be really proud of. I’m already pleased.
If you’re expecting lots of fluffy warm boring drones then you’ll be in for a shock as the 10 minute opener ‘My Mountain Empire’ starts off with some guitar drones before it turns into walls of feedback and melodic sludge. It’s dense and it’s very much in the vein of Tim Hecker as the fuzz takes hold of not one, but both of your ears. It’s a stunning piece of music and it’s somewhat a statement of intent as I’m thinking the intention is to take you special places! Track 2 continues with the fuzz before it mellows out in some intense drones and pulsing soundscapes. There’s an incredible low bass frequency rumbling pretty much running through the rest of the album which really shakes the cobwebs away. There’s a bit of a shoegaze vibe as well which adds an extra dimension. So it’s somewhere between Loveliescrushing and Tim Hecker I reckon. Whatever it sounds like it’s bloody good and it’s Hawgood’s best album so far. Have it.
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