The debut long player from Hessian, “Home Is Where The Ghost Is”, marks the point in the ongoing collaboration between Tim Martin and Charles Sage where the conversation has evolved into a dialogue. Previous releases have all shown a tendency towards deconstructed electronic/acoustic ambient micro-noise, and this release takes the deconstructionalist tendencies further, moving into a realm where implied structure and static drone meet subtle melody and tranquil haze.
If it were cinema, it would be the self-indulgent but expressive work of the American New Wave of the late 60’s to early 80’s– immersive, shot on location, widescreen. Long 35mm tracking shots of the landscape with plenty of film grain and lens flare, as opposed to close ups and jump cuts. A healthy contempt for the studio system but still able to work inside it, an ability to communicate thematic elements and languid storytelling to a knowledgeable audience who are appreciative of not being talked down to. Furthering the 70’s references are name drops to icons of that era (‘Get Polanski’, ‘The Death Of ABBA’) as well as further references to cinematography and the scientific principles around the transmission of light (‘The Invisible Man’, ‘Rontgen’s Vibrations’). The core of the album is enigmatic but the outer themes present a unifying thread, decipherable over repeated listens.
The dense layered arrangements of previous releases have been stripped back considerably – melody is still visible, but glimpsed from a distance; the same way the heavily medicated view life through a foggy and thick narcotic glaze. Central melodies are heard from a considerable distance, in much the same way you’d hear Edif Piaf in the deep third level of an Inception dream within a dream.
The project was tracked and largely completed over a frenzied two days of activity early in 2010, with multiple extra layers recorded and mostly discarded over the following few months, with the record defiantly rejecting most attempts to alter it in any significant way.
“Home Is Where The Ghost Is” is released in late October, after the Fluid Audio/Handstitched* split “Obelisk|Stelea”. It is limited to 100 CD digipack copies. The distinctive cover art and accompanying video for ‘Part Of You’ are the work of artist Matt Pearson and are used by kind permission.
Handstitched* is proud to present this limited edition physical release, with further releases by Hessien to follow later this year and early next.
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
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