Boomkat Product Review:
Astral Industries illuminate the highly prized first Cotton Goods release by Craig Tattersall (The Remote Viewer, The Boats), first issued on CD in 2009 to present his deeply charming solo work as The Humble Bee, and now impossible to find.
‘A Miscellany for the Quiet Hours’ takes its second bow and a new life on vinyl with the label best known for more widescreen works by Deepchord and Wolfgang Voigt. The Humble Bee’s efforts now lend a finer strain of semi-domestic/pastoral bliss to the label’s catalogue, potentially introducing a new wave of ambient fiends to Craig’s more intimate, nuanced, and ephemeral sort of “background” music, while plugging a gap on the shelves of many others.
Upon its release in 2009 ‘A Miscellany for the Quiet Hours’ marked some of Craig Tattersall’s first solo work beyond his decade of action beside Andrew Johnson (his former bandmate in Hood, now known as A New Line (Related)). It revealed Craig’s richly sound sensitive approach to composition, or even de-composition, and what would become a feverishly sought-after label with Cotton Goods’ releases always snapped up within hours, days of sale. Over 10 years later, the label is defunct, and Craig has gone on to explore myriad other projects, but the textured, patchwork quilting of his first outing as The Humble Bee remains a definitive and modestly contrary classic in the 20th century ambient canon.