The Ambient bromance is alive and well with the release of the debut Slow Reels album "Farewell Islands" on Morr Music. The duo of Ian Hawgood and James Murray are no strangers to each other. They have shared stages together and have had releases on each others respective labels - Hawgood's "Impermanence" on Murray's Slowcraft … Continue reading Slow Reels – Farewell Islands.
2019 was another busy year with more releases coming through. For a minimally based music scene, the output of some labels was truly maximal, which has it's positives and negatives. The positives include the amount of music being made and the negatives include the amount of music being made. It kind of changes it from … Continue reading The 2019 Hit List.
With the year and decade coming to an end, I rush with a flurry of blog posts. Shorter than most I normally do, there will hopefully be 22! done before the year is over , nicely tying up everything and clearing the decks before next years releases (which has already got close to double digits). … Continue reading Past Inside The Present Pt. 2
With the year and decade coming to an end, I rush with a flurry of blog posts. Shorter than most I normally do, there will hopefully be 22! done before the year is over , nicely tying up everything and clearing the decks before next years releases (which has already got close to double digits). … Continue reading Home Normal / Slowcraft – Tsone / Ian Hawgood + Stijn Hüwels / Ian Hawgood + Phil Tomsett/ Ian Hawgood.
As the new year starts like every other blog I do my best of list for the previous year's releases. What this list is is a celebration of the artists and labels that made some fine music that I heard and want to share with you. This is a relatively simple list, just 21 (I … Continue reading The Best of 2018.
The name Ian Hawgood should not be a new one for those with an interest in the Ambient underground. Look in your collection, I am sure the Home Normal imprint will be there, if not one of the many releases that he has mastered should be - just to give you an example, in 2018 … Continue reading Ian Hawgood – 光.
After a long time as friends and in ways as collaborators (Black Elk and Kinder Scout) and with Danny contributing to a number of Home Normal releases, the debut collaboration is "Faintly Recollected". According to the press release / text by P*dis/Inpartmaint's Shinsaku Osaku:"Faintly Recollected" is originally a single long track (33 minutes) that has … Continue reading Ian Hawgood and Danny Norbury – Faintly Recollected / Ian Hawgood and Giulio Aldinucci – Consequence Shadows.
I don't think there has been a label that has influenced my listening quite like Home Normal. I came across the label relatively early on and have been following them since eagerly picking up their quality releases. Label boss Ian Hawgood took time out of his busy schedule to kindly answered my questions. In March … Continue reading Home Normal – An interview with Ian Hawgood.