Finding himself suddenly isolated in his studio he sat down and composed, in one take, the main passage for “An Idea of North” which is very evocative of his sense of isolation and the experienced weather patterns. Taking this passage as a jumping off point for further improvisations, which in Harris’ words “seamlessly merge together to give the impression of a journey through various environments / landscapes (both physical and emotional) gradually moving from the familiar to the more extreme / isolated and ‘darker’ spaces and then gradually returning ‘home’ at the end of the piece”.
“An Idea of north / learning to walk” is Mastered by Bobby Bird (Higher Intelligence Agency) and is a highly recommended album for people that enjoy long form works of glacial Ambient and Electro-acoustic intimacy.
I first came across Marihiko Hara’s work in 2007, with his ‘Cesura’ release on the excellent Italian net-label – Zymogen. It really drew me in more than most other work that was doing the rounds at the same time. It had the sort of organic details and attention to beautiful subtle developments that I had only really heard in offthesky and Nicolas Bernier before (both label mates on Zymogen I should add). It became my soundtrack to that year and an album I returned to almost daily during the winter months. After this I followed Marihiko’s work carefully, from his rather fantastic 2009 ‘Icon’ release on Cotton Goods to his recent ‘Prosa’ collaboration with Tomas Phillips on Tench Records.
Named after a Hitchcock-esque nightmare in which he was set upon by a pair of hard-winged, marauding cuckoos, David A Jaycock’s second album is step forward from the pastoral motifs of his debut, incorporating an expansive country-folk sound alongside the indigenous qualities and general oddness that have made his name.