Boomkat Product Review:
The Home Normal label boss Ian Hawgood released an album in 2008 called Soundtrack To A Film In My Head Which Will Never Get Made. This album is a companion piece to that (now deleted) body of work, which calls upon a host of Hawgood's friends and colleagues to contribute remixes based on his original tracks. The assembled artists include The Remote Viewer, Danny Norbury, Hannu, Library Tapes and Chihei Hatakeyama representing a multicultural yet in many ways like-minded bunch. Federico Durand gets the set off to a fine start, drumming up further anticipation for his forthcoming solo album debut with a neat sculpture of delicate high frequency work circulating around processed piano loops, birdsong and other environmental noises. While similarly reverential lowercase exercises tend to be thee primary order of the day, there are notable exceptions that keep the tone interesting. Some contributors bring beats into play: Geskia!, Color Cassette and Yuri Miyauchi all break up the album's stately hush with varying levels of surprisingly full-blooded drum programming and glitch beats. Alternatively, Danny Norbury brings his sweeping cello strokes to the sequence, adding a different kind of physical presence to the mix. Perhaps most unusual of all are the more song-like entries, such as the crackling, looped abstract vocals shaping Miko's track or more radical still, the almost Maps-like pop-tronica of the final piece, by He Can Jog, featuring Nick Sanborn. A fine and boldly diverse collection from Home Normal then, and one made doubly laudable for its charitable aims: all proceeds from this release will go to The Archway Foundation, an organisation setup by Hawgood's father in the 1980s to support "those in various walks of life who are deeply affected by loneliness".