‘Polar Living’ is the debut album by the original Home Normal curators: Ben Jones and Ian Hawgood. It was originally released by Resting Bell in 2007, but has since been remastered and edited. The recordings feature analog synths with field recordings made during time Ian spent back in the UK with Ben during a handful of vacations that became intensive recording sessions. They have since worked under their ‘Wraith vs Wrath’ guise for more long-form drone work and installation pieces, but are currently recording their follow-up to ‘Polar Living’ as Lost Lanterns due out late 2018 on their Home Normal label.
Let's put it this way- this is simply one of our favourite works ever!...A collection of variations on a theme that drift by, perfuming the air, or that stop a moment to whisper you a story. Evocative in its sparse beauty, We are sure this will been the permanent playlist always, right alongside Arvo Part's "Alina" and offthesky's "Silent went the Sea" ....ss/tm/am editions vaché
Drones, synths and epic sound walls emerging from a distant fog. Meditative, peaceful and as if from the inside of an iceberg. Sounds that aspire to the light. An outstanding, deep and imaginative album with subtle electronics. Apart from "Day" by Christopher Hipgrave (https://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/day), for me it is the strongest album in the catalogue of Home Normal. SILENCE ET LIBERTÉ