Newsflash – “Home is where the Ghost is” is now sold out. Thanks to everyone that supported.
OK, so, there aren’t many copies left of the debut album by Hessien “Home is where the Ghost is”. Norman records have sold out but there are copies winging their way over to Experimedia in the US and also White Noise in Hong Kong, keep your eyes peeled for those. You can still order a copy via Handstitched* - they will be limited to one copy per person,
For sale at Normans Records now – Hessien ”Home is where the Ghost is” here’s what they had to say about it….
‘Home Is Where The Ghost Is’ is the debut full length record from collaborators Tim Martin and Charles Sage, known collectively as Hessien. They are creators of a super restrained form of ambient music that merges subtle melodies with waves of breezy drones which makes for particularly relaxed listening. Guitars play a prominent role on ‘Home is Where…’ providing much of the melodic front whilst layers of synths and tones back it up. On first listen it reminds me of the loose ambient moments that precede a Tortoise track kicking in. This brings me to the conclusion that Hessien dabble in a sort of ambient post-rock/jazz type sound. It’s dynamic and playful in much the same way as the Chicago strain of post-rock/jazz and it also has that conversational feel you’d expect from artists playing off each other in real time. I can’t tell if these tracks are improvised or carefully structured, in parts it feels like they probably do both. Incredibly relaxing stuff that will more than likely appeal to the Norman massive, so get in… There’s only 100 hard copies available and we have 30 so catch ‘em while you can.
Maps and Diagrams appears on the Audio Gourmet label with “Tintinnbulate”. The work is a continuation of the conceptual drone-based sounds of “Koom” and “Foel” that was released on the Handstitched* imprint in 2009.
This continuation sees the recycled use of original source material, layers and processed sound created during the making of the pre-mentioned releases. Collectively, “Tintinnbulate” as a body of work travels and drifts through a distant rumble and sub-level murmur which force dense fragments of distorted melody from within the body of each piece – this content remains intentionally corroded and disjointed from the human ear – cascading into more a more audible, crystalline landscape. Each piece is framed within its own floating horizon; it appears visible close-up but subsequently out-of-focus at the furthest point. In the layering of sound there is the natural aspect of field recordings, continuous static and human-influence which surround the listener and create a vast expanse of experimental and applied sound. Music written and recorded by Tim Diagram. Photography by Tim Diagram…. Follow the link to Tintinnbulate here
“….Working under their Hessien guise, acoustic sound artists Charles Sage and Tim Diagram produce beautifully crafted works that merge the acoustic and electronic together to form a seamless whole. Home… is noticeably sparser than Hessien’s previous works, allowing the album to grow as a whole over a longer period of time.”
For the full, in-depth review of “Home is where the Ghost is” head over to Fluid Radio
Hessien – Home is where the Ghost is. Released mid-November.
Placing Shells - 3:11
Part of You – 4:40
The Invisible Man – 4:39
Sasparilla – 4:00
Get Polanski – 2:56
Overarchangel – 3:48
The Death of Abba – 4:57
Thuilm – 2:36
Loch Quoich – 4:29
Deep in the Mountains – 5:16
Rontgen’s Vibrations – 3:15
Speckled Peaks – 4:02
Centipede – 3:24