Ian Hawgood is pretty prolific. Discogs lists seventeen CDR or MP3 releases in the last couple of years. His latest (who knows, it may not be by now) is an eight track mini LP for Phantom Channel consisting of four long pieces and four short pieces. The titled track is a glazed, delicate ambient drone. Elsewhere there are a couple of solo guitar tracks, and some subtle uses of field recordings. The overall effect, though, is a bit wishy-washy and bland.
Hawgood claims his music is based on memories. Other people’s memories, though, are like other people’s photo albums – full of people you don’t know and places you’ve never been. After the initial curiosity, it all gets a bit dull. It’s all pleasant enough, but is too self-effacing to make any demands on the listener. Still, it’s a freebie, so you can judge for yourself without parting with your pennies. Great cover.
1 Before I Let the Sunshine Rot 7:12
2 Airguns After Supper 1:40
3 Seoul I 2:00
4 The Latin Quarter 2:48
5 Pirouette of Cotton 7:22
6 Seoul II 0:36
7 Ginseng and Polaramin and One Long Slumber 7:08
8 Thank You Sara 4:48