Sublime ambient music from enigmatic UK composer Christopher Hipgrave. Initially causing a stir with his 2009 debut ‘Day’ Hipgrave has since released material on Low Point and developed acclaimed music-making software. His new album is characterised by its atmosphere of deep contemplation, delicate textural interplay and its ability to elongate a single moment of stillness into a blissful eternity.
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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, that’s what reviews are for, aren’t they?
So on to the ridiculous compartmentalisation. On No Greater Hero… Hipgrave builds 1 dimensional bits of variable texture, tracks that occupy only 1 space, but each being quite unique and beautiful. Presumably rendered using his own custom Ambient software, the layers subtly bubble and sizzle away like a solitary campfire roasting some sweet sweet chestnuts. It’s ambient-y ambient, occupying the blurry world of Chihei Hatakeyama but with more artificial noise layers than natural. Some nice swelling high frequency detail is welcome, but ultimately it feels a bit standard and explicitly saying ‘I am an ambient drone release’. But it does what it does well, sits just behind your perception providing you let it wash over. I’ll have to end this prematurely because Brian is blasting some silly downcast synthpop thing next door which is definitely not behind my perception.
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