Originally released on CD via the Preco label as a Japan only release on August 10th, 2011.
The Kinder Scout project was another of those that stemmed from my work with the cellist Danny Norbury. The recordings followed on from meeting at the first Home Normal show with The Boats (Danny plays cello for them), and we just started loosely sharing work from then on really.
The collaboration took on a whole new slant when Jason Corder (offthesky) came on board and as we made this, then later The Curio Collection, the project evolved into a wonderfully fragile line between post-classical ambient work, fun electronic movements and melodies, and with Morgan Packard's influence, dashes of experimental jazz.
Jason and I also worked together for a large portion of The Tiny Isles work which moved in a more organic electronic and instrumentation direction as we made these albums one after the other.
The album really means a lot as it was mastered by our friend Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare) and designed by my 'Observatories' partner Craig Tattersall (Hood, The Humble Bee, The Boats). Not only that but it was released on my favourite Japanese label, Preco. The label owner, Osamu, who also runs the famous Linus Records store in Japan, helped to organise a home show one Christmas for Black Elk and is a longtime supporter of my music and labels.
released December 15, 2020
kinder scout is:
jason corder: composition, guitar, voice, vibes
ian hawgood: processing, guitar, voice, kalimba
danny norbury: cello, processing
morgan packard: saxophone - track 3
shilpi gupta : lyrics and voices - track 4
sarah chung : vocals - track 4
brian archinal, darren king, matt ward : percussion track 1, 3.
made in japan, america, and england - 2010
mastered by miles whittaker, designed by craig tattersall - 2011
thanks and love to craig, miles, morgan, shilpi, sarah, brian, osamu, andrew h, anthony h, ben j, mike p, fabrizio, leonora, yasuhiko, shin, masami, the moteer and home normal families, and you.
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Even if he says otherwise, Ian Hawgood is super prolific and incredibly talented in not only his own releases, but in collaborations and with the heart & soul put into the labels he's run over the years.
Saying all that, this is a more recent favorite release of Ian's: peaceful, deceivingly simple (yet not!) piano works that is personal, elegant and graceful in its warmth and presentation. Plus it's for a wonderful cause. Get it!! Joe Borreson
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As much as I love a variety of ambient, I'm not sure if I've ever listened to an album that has moved me to tears, not like this. Certainly there are strong moods that some ambient can evoke, but this really surprised me. There is grief here, but transcendent joy, too. shoto