Herion’s Out and About – Two Reviews

Here’s a pair of reviews for the Herion album Out and About.

“Pairing classical instruments with field recordings and laptops is nothing new, but the Italian trio Herion coaxes whole restful expanses from the combination on this album, aided also by the violist Piergabriele Mancuso. The understated playing and even more ghostly textures take the form of everything from a soft and distant swell to a looming shadow to a natural, wind-like drift. It’s somewhere between classical and ambient, but with a experimental edge that isn’t commonly heard in either genre.

Although the more substantial viola tends to slice through the rich openness, the musicians’ approach is always changing. That makes it hard to pin these songs down, but that’s an urge you should resist anyway: as with the best ambient music, it’s best to simply sit back and experience what’s happening. There’s a lovely shivering quality to ‘Lindos’ and the more enveloping ‘The Earth’, while ‘Cab’employs a melodica far more sweetly than usual. The low-hung synth of ‘One Minute After the Sunset’ evokes the song’s title image well, ‘Moske Orgulje’ hits upon some almost subliminal repetition, and the shorter ‘The Hanging Glacier’twitches with halted breath, bells, and other random sounds. And true to its name, ‘Solo’ seems to feature just an isolated piano.

All of these subtle shades are forecast in the eight-minute opener ‘Oxg’, a sort of defining statement for the album. There’s a lot to love here, and meticulous new details emerge all the time.”
–Review by Doug Wallen, Celtic Defrost

Even if you do not know them personally, apart from being guardians of their dell’irruenza soft soul, would understand by now with whom I deal. Within minutes of listening and true feeling of the universe opens up right to the heart center. Emanuele Errante, Enrico Coniglio, Elisa Marzorati and Piergabriele Mancuso: Herion. Four artists with different backgrounds, four musicians involved in the difficult task of passing almost forgotten that feeling called emotion. If anyone expects derived purely ambient sound-mail is better to stop the door leaving the door ajar in here because we celebrate the ancient rite of classical music and dance that is immersed in the new trials and does so through the use of piano, viola, harmonica, guitar and keyboards, all instruments that combined the use of machinery and field recordings to be attributable to this release as one of the most modern production / classic never heard lately. A work that is justified and detonates all its force precisely through the contrast of the descriptive parts: one part Errante and Rabbit, manipulators of sound embedded into a laptop and the other Marzorati and Mancuso with their haunting instruments of romantic splendor. I am sure that that output is now fully opened to let this slide … “immobile excited sound in a single drop of imagination, while the delicate flow of things quivers, reflected in silence.”
(rated 9 out of 10)
–Review by Mirco Salvadori, Rockarilla #367

Purchase for $12.99 on Hypnos Online Store

OUT AND ABOUT by Herion, Reviewed by Igloo Mag

Here’s a review of Herion’s CD Out and About which I failed to post at the time it was received.

“While surely stringently composed, the music flows freely. The experience is sort of like wandering through a whitewashed gallery with bold abstracts hanging from its walls.

The premiere house for darkish, interstellar, synthesized ambient since the late nineties, American label Hypnos hits an estimable peak with its first digipak release, the debut recording by a trio in which acoustic instruments take the star turns. Down the years, the label has helped new acts make a name for themselves and released some of the best work by respected veterans including Robert Rich, Oöphoi and Vidna Obmana. Herion is a combination of the two – newly-formed as a group, its line-up boasts two well-received young solo artists, Emanuele Errante and Enrico Coniglio, along with pianist Elisa Marzorati. The viola of Piergabriele Mancuso is also prominently featured.

Out and About is rich, uplifting chamber ambient. Laptops and synthesizers are featured in the arsenal mustered by Errante and Coniglio but are used sparingly. The acoustic properties of “Oxg,” “Lindos,” “Cab,” “One Minute After the Sunset,” expand and contract, emanating organic charm and clean, modern design. While surely stringently composed, the music flows freely. The experience is sort of like wandering through a whitewashed gallery with bold abstracts hanging from its walls.

An unfortunate watershed occurs about two-thirds through with a sound collage experiment called “The Hanging Glacier;” happily, it only takes up two and a half minutes of your time. But the three pieces
which follow never seem to recapture the essence of what was making this record special; they seem to have lost their way. Fortunately, the very last impression Out and About makes on you is a restorative
solo piano outing by Marzorati.”

–Review by Igloo Mag

February 2011 News Archive

(all February 2011 news updates are combined to one entry below)


I posted last week about some recent reviews for the latest Hypnos CD, Out and About by Herion. Turns out I missed two important reviews, one
of which I’d seen and somehow managed to miss posting to this site, and the other which was new to me. Here they are, one from Hypnagogue and the
other from Vital Weekly, both of these review sites worth checking out.

“What we have in Herion’s Out and About is a work that is ambient chamber music in every sense of the term: spatial, intimate, classically based. Strip away
the subtle wash of electronics that Emanuele Errante and Enrico Coniglio whisper beneath piano from Elisa Marzorati and viola by Piergabriela Mancuso, and
what’s left is a rich bed of beautiful compositions for traditional acoustic instruments. (Besides their laptop work, Errante and Coniglio also add strings,
guitars and more.) One of the best compliments I can pay Herion is to say that I’d listen just to those elements, sans electronics, and still firmly enjoy the
disc. With the opening track, “Oxg,” Herion establish their acoustic-drone base, the metallic rasp of the strings adding not just a texture to the sound, but
an equal sense of emotional warmth and humanity. It’s part of the real beauty of Out and About — the way in which we’re intermittently reminded, as the disc
goes along, that the sounds aren’t all circuit-born. It’s a good reminder, since it’s easy to lose sight of that as Herion quietly wrap you in smooth sound-
ribbons. There’s a lot to like here, and much of begins with Marzaorati’s piano work. Her playing is sweet, graceful and impeccable, whether it’s thoughtfully
wandering through Errante and Coniglio’s misty landscapes (“One Minute Before the Sunrise”), holding a polite dialogue with a sighing harmonica (“Cab”),
dropping like forgotten tears (“Lindos”), or giving itself over to electronic treatment to capture a sound-image (“The Hanging Glacier”). The disc closes with
her playing alone on the appropriately titled “Solo,” and it’s a standout moment on an excellent disc. And while her playing is central to Out and About, it’s
the atmospheres that Errante and Coniglio craft around her and Mancuso that give the whole thing an amazing depth and a touch of the ethereal. The worlds are
perfectly blended on the dramatic “Moske Orgulje,” with all elements adding their voices in balance. From start to finish, Out and About moves from moments of
soulful serenity to breathtaking beauty. Its organic roots run deep to ground the listener in the moment and the experience. Out and About is a Hypnagogue
Highly Recommended CD.

–Reviewed by John Shanahan for Hypnagogue


“Probably there aren’t many groups on Hypnos: this ambient label usually releases albums by artists who work alone on their electronic, ambient music, but
Herion is a group, a trio from Italy, with as its members Emanuele Errante, Enrico Coniglio and Elisa Marzorati (the latter of whom I never heard). Two firm names
from the strong Italian ambient scene. The instruments at their disposal includes not just things with keys and knobs, but also field recordings, guitars, harmonica,
bells, gong, rainstick, piano plus a guest role on some of the pieces by Piergabriele Mancuso on viola (or perhaps all tracks?). This gives the album a great quality,
breaking away from the traditional ambient music, and expanding into the world of classical music with all these acoustic instruments. Especially the violin plays a
strong role in defining that classical sound. The music here is pretty strong. Definitely moody and atmospheric, but also quite warm and acoustic. I was reminded
of the CD by Modern Institute on Expanding Records (see Vital Weekly 518), which was also, curiously enough, Italian. A highly refined work.”

–Reviewed in Vital Weekly #756

Thanks for both reviewers for the support. The CD is available for purchase here.


Just received some sad news today. Ambient musicin and artist Lucette Bourdin has passed away. From her web site, this statement:

Lucette Bourdin

February 25, 1954 – February 17, 2011

After a long transformational and creative journey with breast cancer Lucette made her transition into the Light at 10:40 p.m. on February 17th 2011. She will be remembered for her kindness, her art and her music. Her music was especially the product of her transformation through cancer. When diagnosed she said of her desire to create music, “if not now, when?”.

This is discussed on the Hypnos Forum


This great new review on Furthernoise.org is yet another very positive response to the best-reviewed album we have released in several
years: Out and About by Herion. A link to the Furthernoise review is here,
and this is what they said:

“Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi once claimed that a sound played for a long time “becomes so big that you start to hear many more harmonies, and it becomes
bigger inside…[and] envelops you.” And there are times during Out and About when Emanuele Errante, Enrico Coniglio, Elisa Marzorati and accomplices seem to
be exploring their more celebrated compatriot’s notion, albeit in a smaller scale setting. The trio known as Herion’s instruments float and flit around a single tonal
centre in a semi-structured post-chamber music, an occidental raga, each track seeming to seep into the next creating a whole flow, accruing effect from its

Out and About may strike as slightly unfamiliar territory for long-established ambient and space music curators, Hypnos, but at heart there is congruence in this
affiliation, and head Hypno-tist Mike Griffin has done well to refresh the imprint’s in-house stylesheet without compromising its musical mission. Neither ‘Ambient’
nor ‘Space’ at first sight, the recording’s refined blend of live instrumentation with subdued digital manipulations reveals itself a kindred spirit, as Herion’s melding
of post-classical sonorities with an expansive remit issues in a kind of spatial chamber music with shifting cadences which might be designated ‘post-ambient’.
Marzorati’s piano motifs, mixed with Coniglio’s melodica, harmonica, and treated guitar, all commingle sonorously in Errante’s settings, seen to good effect on
the keynote “One Minute After the Sunset.” The classical influence is never felt in any turgid or grandiose gestures, the music’s movements graceful and lilting,
shifting subtly between blithe and melancholy. “Risvegli” finds glistening strings and piano peregrinations in incantatory communion. In “Two Minutes to Sunrise”
tension comes from an ebb-flow motion that builds coalescing as if to climax but remaining teetering teasingly on the edge of resolution.

Evident in all this is Errante’s sleight of hand in choreographing these delicately interwoven soundscapes, his facility in harnessing production methodologies to
synthesize acoustic and electronic to optimal effect; it’s as if it’s his pleasure to leave instruments free to frolic self-consciously before gently dissolving them, or
washing them lightly in a mercury of digitalia. While piano, viola and guitar all play cameo roles on Out and About, it’s the spirit of the ensemble, and the skilled
design of its assembling that are the stars of Herion’s quiet drama.”

–Review by Alan Lockett for Furthernoise

Thanks very much to Alan Lockett (longtime visitors to the Hypnos Forum will remember Alan aka
Undershadow, though he seems not to frequent the forum lately) for the attention.

As I mentioned, this is one of our better-reviewed albums of recent years, so if you’d like to read more of what people are saying about
it, you’ll find all the reviews in full at the bottom of the product page here.


Another new batch of Databloem label stuff on the Hypnos Store. This batch entirely
features one of our most popular artists, Oophoi. Many of these have been out of print for a while, and while these are still CDR format, they’re
high-quality professionally-pressed CDRs through Databloem.

Oophoi – Time Fragments Vol. 1: Lost Memories (2011 Remaster)
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
Lost pieces, waves and drones.Originally recorded in the Kiva between 1995 and 1997. Oophoi – synths, drones, loops, flutes, voice, whirl tubes, frame drums, stones and crystals.
7 tracks, 65minutes…
Oophoi – Time Fragments Vol. 2: Hidden Visions (2011 Remaster)
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
A collection of lost pieces, waves and drones from the archives of Oophoi. Originally recorded in the Kiva between 1998 and 1999. synths, drones, loops, flutes, voice, whirl tubes, percussions, gongs, tibetan singing bowls and tamboura.
7 tracks, 70 minutes…
Oophoi – Time Fragments Vol. 3: Tales from Mythological Lands (2011 Remaster)
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
A collection of lost pieces, waves and drones from the archives of Oophoi. Originally recorded in the Kiva between 1999 and 2000. Synths, flutes, percussions, tibetan singing bowls, gongs, virtual cellos, bells, monochord, voice and whirl tubes.
6 tracks, 62 minutes…
Oophoi – Time Fragments Vol. 4: Garden of Earthly Delights (2011 Remaster)
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
A collection of lost and forgotten tracks. Originally recorded in the Kiva between 2002 and 2004. Synths, voice, woodchimes, metalchimes, percussions, glasses, theremin, nature sounds.
6 tracks, 66 minutes…
Oophoi – Time Fragments Vol. 5: Wastelands (2011 Remaster)
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
Synthesizer, Vocoder, Voice, Flute, Performer [Shells, Stones], Guitar, Percussion. 5 Tracks, 63:12 minutes…
Oophoi – Time Fragments Vol. 6: Between Nothingness and Eternity (2011 Remaster)
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
Synthesizer, Vocoder, Voice, Flute, Performer [Shells, Stones], Guitar, Percussion.
5 Tracks, 62:24 minutes…
Oophoi – Behind the Wall of Sleep
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
Music inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Synths, samples.
6 tracks, 67 minutes…


Several very nice new ones on our Hypnos Store from the Dutch label, Databloem.

Mathias Grassow & Tomas Weiss – Electric Angels
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
“Grassow & Weiss join up for another spacious adventure, showcasing an hour of high quality Ambient with an amazing array of subtle and intricate detail. Although the music evolves slowly and deliberately, it\’s probably one of their most varied albums up to date. Ranging from dynamic and engaging dronescapes to razor-sharp produced textures, flavored with a touch of early Space Music. Electric angels is a fusion of heart and mind. Leaving the industrial age of the 19th century and the information age of the 20th century behind, the 21st century opens the door to the age of consciousness. Electric angels is a musical representation of this passage from the old era into a new one.”
Limited CD in special two panel digi file…
Faryus – Silence Spells
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
“Dark synth washes, subtle noises, nature sounds and distant voices create a trance-like soundscape which asks for a careful listening to uncover its secrets….
Oophoi – Mare Vaporum (2010 remaster)
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
Re-mastered reissue of Oophoi\’s classic album, third part of the Moon trilogy after Mare Tranquillitatis and Mare Imbrium.
The music leads through different levels of space ambient music, from vast and resonant alien soundscapes to mystic and solitary drones….
Oophoi – Signals from the Great Beyond (2010 remaster)
(Databloem category)
(Price: $13.99)
Re-mastered reissue of Oophoi\’s classic album.
Oophoi plays synthesizer, gong, singing bowls, percussion, (bass) flute and electronics…


A new item on the Hypnos Store from Ray Carl Daye, a nice new self-released
disc from an emerging artist.

Ray Carl Daye – Echoes from the Aether
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $9.99)
Like the Earth’s upper atmosphere, the music is pure, floating, weightless, frictionless – both static and slowly

Track listing
1. Echoes From the Aether 6:58 preview: MP3 clip
2. A Fragile Shift 13:24 preview: MP3 clip
3. Meridian Wave 11:20
4. The Light Between 12:42

“I really enjoy discovering new music, finding something that I’ve never heard before that connects with me in a new and interesting way. One of my favorite finds so far this year has been “Echoes from the Aether” by Ray Carl Daye, an impressive release featuring four sublimely beautiful drifting ambient tracks that have stayed in pretty much constant rotation in my player over the last few weeks.
Beginning with the title track a warm and soothing mood is set, music perfect for Sunday morning listening before the day begins. High end melodies paired with lower tones play atop slowly drifting pads, while vaguely watery sounds and occasional snippets of melody float by. It’s a really relaxing track, ideal for closing one’s eyes and drifting. “A Fragile Shift” follows, equally beautiful and engaging with light tones bending and stretching through a bed of subtle sounds. The track ebbs and flows in slowly drifting waves, with every sound delicate and nuanced, beautifully minimal. “Meridian Wave” is up next pairing bright tones with low bass drones. It’s a quiet piece where things happen slowly but purposefully and sounds slowly rotate around a centre of stillness, a very nice example of the beauty of simplicity. “The Light Between” closes the disc with a bright and warm pad-based track that flows with rich textures and layers, drifting from space to space, bringing to mind images of comfort and safety. A slight melody is there if you look for it but if you’d rather you can just let the tones flow around you and be enveloped by the soundscape created over the course of its length.
To say that I enjoy “Echoes from the Aether” is a bit of an understatement. I’m moved by it’s beauty, and as I continue to listen to it I find myself discovering more and more depth and sophistication in the music. Ray Carl Daye displays an impressive talent that I’m quite moved by and I look forward to seeing where his work takes me in the future.”

Reviewed by rik – ping things

December 2010 News Archive

(all December 2010 news updates are combined to one entry below)


One new addition to the Hypnos Store from Maurizio Bianchi, getting into noisier territory here.

M.B/M.D.T – Genologic Technocide
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99)
Latest work by the master of industrial and noise music, Maurizio Bianchi.
With the help of Davide Femia of M.D.T. (Museo della Tortura), these recordings show the most extreme side of M.B., not very much ambient oriented, but a strong industrial noise opera.”


Everyone loves new CDs, right? Good, because we’ve just added more CDs to the Hypnos Store.
This time it’s a batch of items from a label new to our store, Greytone.

Phragments & Korinth – Mysteries of the Greylands
(Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. “On this album, Phragments and Korinth have united into one monolithic entity, to produce a common opus. Orchestral choirs, dark ambient and ritual passages create a perfect
cinematic journey over the mysterious Greylands, an archetypal and symbolic travel through the hidden side of the world. All songs are the result of collaboration of the two projects, resulting in a unique narrative
experience. After three years of work, Phragments and Korinth deliver a ripe album — a great journey for the listener.”
From Greytone Records…
SantAAgostino – Operazione Paura
(Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. “Operazione Paura is a total turning not just for the band but for dark, ambient music and noise, generally speaking. That’s because santAAgostino is like a meteor crashed onto the
Earth disarranging all the balances, rhythmes and cycles. After the crash the planet seems to be perished but, in the inner part, the new fire of life is burning. A brand new energy developed in a new way of living,
of thinking and being. Operazine Paura speaks of the filmic and horrorific fear, mind trap to kill atavistic thoughts and all those mental factors that trapped the man into a selfmade cage in his own mind, through the
mind itself. Operazione Paura is an awl that, slowly but inexorably, drives the listener to a dimension where there is no thought, no images, no more conceptualizing, nothing still exhists: there is just a huge solitary
desert now, where sounds spontaneously flow creating new monster beyond space and time. It’s a place where new divine dynasties born, spreading their seed, in order to bear a brand new reign far from the borders
that we can’t even imagine.”
From Greytone Records…
Trama afonA – Trama afonA
(Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. “Trama afonA is gathering suggestions from the contemporary quotidian theatre and at the same time from the past, namely the 19th and early 20th centuries. Paying particular attention to
the individual and specific human stories, rather than to History… Focusing on what happens behind the scenes, aside, beneath. Subjects and dynamics less showy, blurred, but not consequently less interesting or
worth caring. Opening doors and drawers using the sole curiosity as tool, walking backwards the traces of memory, wandering amid shades and details given by mystery, decadence, abandon, romanticism‚. Carefully
delving into psychological dynamics. Openly denouncing the social plagues, but often humbly providing just visual and sound suggestions.”
From Greytone Records…
Topografia – Genius Loci
(Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. “Genius Loci uses deep drones, acoustic instruments, sounds and field recordings registered near the author’s place of living (Jaworzno). The project was inspired by the author’s personal fascination
with the diversity of nature and the philosophy of Schopenhauer, who considered nature to be one of the most primaeval manifestations of a blind and aimless will, a will which we too are a part of.”…
Taphephobia – Access to a World of Pain
(Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. “The music Taphephobia makes is mostly based on manipulated guitars (except house of memories that is mostly based on sounds). Taphephobia try to get out the feelings he has at the moment
when Ketil compose the music. The idea is to create a atmosphere that is sometimes scary, and sometimes beautiful, like for example a good thriller drama movie. Taphephobia is very skilled to create a cinematic atmosphere
combined with personal feelings like fear, hope, hate, regrets etc‚Ķ The main goal is to make the listener able to dream away with the music.”
-From Greytone Records…
Larva 108 – 99.09 | Inside the Stones
(Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. “A soundtrack for walking alone through a winter snowstorm or between the trees during a gray day of November. Experimental, electronica, drones creates organic gloomy atmospheres.”
From Greytone Records…
Moljebka Pvlse – Zojo
(Greytone category)
(Price: $12.99)
Digipak. “The Moljebka Pvlse album Zojo was recorded during the Mathias studies at the Royal Institute of Art. He was inspired by the longest night of the year in
Stockholm, the day when there is almost no daylight. His ambition was to make an acoustic album of minimal music without any musical instruments. Moljebka Pvlse setup long nylon
strings across his entire studio at school, which he then plucked and bowed and recorded with his favorite contact microphones on that very night. These recordings became the fundament
of the album and set the tone for the rest of the work.” From Greytone Records…


A couple of new Infraction label items added to the Hypnos Online Store.

Celer – Salvaged Violets (2CD)
(Infraction category)
(Price: $13.99)
New Celer — always popular around here!

Statement by Will of Celer: “In February of 2008, Dani and I recorded, mixed, and completed the music for ‘Salvaged Violets’. The words came as the subject line of a
short poem, sent to me over email, included with an unrelated question. During these weekdays, our working schedules were almost the opposite, but we spoke over
email constantly. Until recently, I did not notice how similar this was to our beginnings, sending letters as we were on different sides of the country. With no conceptual
idea in mind, and since we were apart for so much time during the weekdays, we decided to begin ‘Salvaged Violets’, and see what came of it. Every night when I
returned home, before sleeping, I would spend time working on the music that Dani had worked on through the afternoon, and had left on the desk. Every afternoon,
she would find a different version to work on that I had left, and this continued for some time. When together, we would sip our tea, laugh at silly jokes, cook, watch
television, and so on. There was no need for longing while we were together. There was always laughing, pots and pans clanging, or a muttering television. In forming
‘Salvaged Violets’, we did not mix it in a particular arranged order. It was mixed simply by the order it was first played, compiling many miniature sections rolled into one.
In this case, they were rolled into two. Nothing was discarded, nothing was rearranged. As the sound changed over time, the original form did not. When it was finally
complete, we listened together, for the first time. I remember how familiar it seemed, yet I also felt that so much of it was unknown, and undefined. More than a year
later, in September of 2009, I revisited the recordings for the first time since 2008. At this time, it was being mastered by our good friend Corey Fuller, so I was still
listening to the original. Riding my bike through the endless suburban subdivisions, through the busy downtown streets, I listened repeatedly, for days, over and over.
Something was familiar, but so much I was unable to recall, and yet I was able to relate. I returned home, put my bike against the door, and took my headphones off.
There, in the still silence, I think I understood finally what it was about.” …

Capricornus – Halation
(Infraction category)
(Price: $11.99)
Some nice new minimalist stuff from Infraction. Reviewed by Alan Lockett for furthernoise.org:
“Halation gives off a flat-on-back eyes-to-skies drowsy air with its long drawn out tone-rays. Highly amorphous in strategy, a purist ambient Enovian ethos a la
Thursday Afternoon may suggest itself. On occasion, clusters of notes flicker within the freefloating drone, mirroring the eponymous halation effect – transient
morning brume, or light refracted through water vapour rendered blurred.”
Issued in a 4 panel digipak, limited to 500 copies….


More Herion “Out and About” here. Today I posted the latest Hypnos podcast, which is entirely devoted to a feature of this
very fine album.

Herion - Out and About

Link to the podcast.

If you enjoy the podcast, please consider buying the CD
here for $12.99.


Following on from yesterday’s posting of reviews for the new Herion CD, Out and About, I wanted to include two less formal evaluations from people
who loved the album.

“‘I wanted to make sure I gave this album a number of spins before commenting, plus its always a strange balancing act to review a CD on label, when you yourself are on the label as well, but anyway…in simple terms, I freaking love this cd. It is one of the few new ambient albums in the past 3 or 4 years to truly grab my attention and excite me.

When I hear discs like this I start feeling like ambient/space/electronic music is actually vital again.

OK so why?

Well for me this disc combines 3 key elements that I find essential for me as both a musician and a music fan.

1. The music acknowledges tradition

In other words, this CD moves back to and hints at the paradigms set up by early EM pioneers like Eno. It also hints at older minimalist classical works like the old school electronic music practice of not creating electronic music with synthesizers, but instead using electronics and effects to make acoustic instruments sound electronic.

It moves nicely beyond the stereotypical drone and reverb drenched “same old same old” that has been dominating our genre for the better part of the decade.

All of this to say that this CD has a healthy dose of retro coolness to it without being copy catish, and that is what makes it sound fresh and modern.

2. It’s real

Again, I love the fact that these are real acoustic instruments for the most part.

This also means that microphones and “air” where involved. This was a recording project, not simply an in the box capture and render project. For me this adds a vibe and space to this album that would not be possible with soft synths, loops and or samples. Not that those types of records cant be done well, it just allows this one to be set apart into a different sonic landscape.

Also, these are real players/musicians and as such this album has a language to it that would have been harder to achieve with programing, again another one of its unique points for me.

3. Tradition be damned

Similar to part 1, but this is just a good cd of (capital M) Music that happens to be ambient and spacious with twinges of processing and treatments, rather than being an ambient or space music album.

Ok, so is it perfect? I am not saying this is the greatest album of all time or anything like that, but man is this a breath of fresh air and nice new avenue for Hypnos and our genre in general.

I know nothing about the musicians on this recording, but Nice Job guys!!!”

–Comments by Paul Vnuk Jr. on the Hypnos Forum


“Loving this CD! Really great piano work.”

–Chris Zainea via Facebook

Thanks to Paul and Chris for their comments. We like to pass along reactions from listeners, not just reviewers, some of the time.

Order Out and About for $12.99


We’re starting to see reviews and radio airplay for our new release by Italian trio Herion. If you’re persuaded to
order that very fine CD, go here.

Herion - Out and About

“‘Out and About’ is the debut release of the Italian trio Herion, and at the same time also marks the first release in digipak format on the Hypnos label.
The members of the ambient-glitch project Herion are Emanuele Errante (composer of the peculiar album ‘Humus on Evan Bartholomew’s Somnia label),
Enrico Coniglio (Aqua Dorsa project collaborator with Oophoi for the album ‘Cloudlands,’ he also released ‘Sea Cathedrals’ solo on Silentes), and Elisa
Marzorati. Next to synthesized sounds and patches, the musicians also implement field recordings, guitars, harmonica, melodica, bells, gong, rainstick and
piano on ‘Out and About.’ These versatile elements make the sonic outcome venture in more acoustic territory while remaining comfortable, highly moody
and atmospheric. It’s an introspective and rather melancholic affair though, as the instrumental music slowly progresses in a classical, minimal but also
blissful manner. The sensitive undercurrents within the ambient compositions make it even more intimate, evocative and reflective. This is music for the silent
hours deserving close listening. The beautiful art of ambient music already has many expressions, ‘Out and About’ adds another dimension to it.

–Reviewed by Bert Strolenberg, www.sonicimmersion.org


“Probably there aren’t many groups on Hypnos: this ambient label usually releases albums by artists who work alone on their electronic, ambient music, but Herion is a group, a trio from Italy, with as its members Emanuele Errante, Enrico Coniglio and Elisa Marzorati (the latter of whom I never heard). Two firm names from the strong Italian ambient scene. The instruments at their disposal includes not just things with keys and knobs, but also field recordings, guitars, harmonica, bells, gong, rainstick, piano plus a guest role on some of the pieces by Piergabriele Mancuso on viola (or perhaps all tracks?). This gives the album a great quality, breaking away from the traditional ambient music, and expanding into the world of classical music with all these acoustic instruments. Especially the violin plays a strong role in defining that classical sound. The music here is pretty strong. Definitely moody and atmospheric, but also quite warm and acoustic. I was reminded of the CD by Modern Institute on Expanding Records (see Vital Weekly 518), which was also, curiously enough, Italian. A highly refined work.”

–Reviewed by Frans DeWaard, Vital E-zine

November 2010 News Archive

(all November 2010 news updates are combined to one entry below)


Newly landed upon the Hypnos Online Store, a new recording from Swedish ambient
recording artist Relapxych.0 — a name some may recognize from his recent participation in the Hypnos
compilation Message From a Subatomic World, with the
track Distant Radiance.

Relapxych.0 – City Nightlights
(Miscellaneous category)
(Price: $11.99)
City Nightlights was built upon field recordings from areas around Stockholm central station, Stadshuskajen, Riddarholmen, Tegelbacken and some abandoned and architecturally left-behind areas under and beneath the main central station, imbuing the six tracks with a tangible spectral presence and greatly enhances their organically drifting nature….


We have two new items featured in the Hypnos Online Store. The artist, Igneous Flame,
may be familiar to Hypnos listeners, but the release is an unusual format: a data DVD-Rom holding long-form audio (both WAV and MP3 formats)
along with digital artwork for viewing or printout.

Igneous Flame – Ion
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $12.99, Data DVD-ROM)
‘ION’ and ‘Orcus’ have been released concurrently (October 2010), as expressions of the polar opposites of Igneous Flames’ work.
“ION was created from synthesizer sound sources exclusively. Unlike other Igneous Flame albums which are predominantly constructed from
guitars / environmental recordings, ION works with a different sound-palette. A longform work (130 minutes), ION is intended as music for
relaxation / dreaming. Musical themes repeat throughout, seamlessly and subtley shifting tonal hue. Significant attention has been taken to
ensure a sonorous and balanced sonic consistency throughout the work.

DVD-ROM data disc containing audio files in WAV and MP3 formats, along with digital artwork. Disc is enclosed in a snapper vinyl case
without booklet or printed artwork, except full-color printing on the disc itself…

Igneous Flame – Orcus
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $11.99, Data DVD-ROM)
ION and Orcus have been released concurrently (October 2010), as expressions of the polar opposites
of Igneous Flames’ work.
Raw, potent and at times unerringly chthonic, Orcus is a relentless collage of outer-stellar dronage, refined industrial noise(s) and processed
binaural recordings. It continues to explore the holophonics of Igneous Flames’ earlier Intox and Hydra albums. Powerful sounds and energies
have been fused together in this release, which is intended as a statement on the current corrosive energies unleashed into the world. Best
listened to on headphones (loud !) – due to the use of binaural recordings and spatial processes employed.

DVD-ROM data disc containing audio files in WAV and MP3 formats, along with digital artwork. Disc is enclosed in a snapper vinyl case
without booklet or printed artwork, except full-color printing on the disc itself…


Not only new additions to the
Hypnos Store today, but a whole new category featuring the Cold Spring

Nordvarger – Pyrrhula
(Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
Partly based on an old Swedish folktale, Pyrrhula (doomlord) is a pitch black journey into utter darkness. This is a tale of foreboding
doom… a portent of dark times to come… a blight on the face of this earth. These eight Black Ambient / Doom / Droneworks were brought forth from the
abyss of Villa Bohult exclusively for Cold Spring and contain the malevolent vocals of Lord Nordvargr himself! Beware the small creatures of light, they only
bring misery and death upon the enlightened ones. For they will paint their breast with blood and reap your unborn angels….
Machinefabriek – Daas
(Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
The tracks on Daas have been carefully picked to form a provoking, haunting journey. What the tracks have in common is a sense of
nostalgic graininess. As with the music of Philip Jeck, The Caretaker or William Basinski, these tracks are full of degrading melodies and dusty ambience.
\’Daas\’ is the previously unreleased opening track of the album, and features contributions by the great Richard Skelton. Flotter, Koploop and Grom were
previously available on small run self released EPs, while Onkruid was a track previously released on A Room Forever, as an expensive and extremely
limited 12\” boxset. All are now brought to a wider audience. Presented in a laminate digipak…
Alex Tiuniaev – I Knew Her
(Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
I knew Her is a 40-minute long journey of heart-melting, melancholic and neo-symphonic splendour – full of choirs, strings and
neoclassical orchestration. This solitary track builds to a haunting and breathtaking crescendo… then brings the listener gently back down to the warm
earth. A monumental release, with influences ranging from Sigur Ros to Philip Glass and Stars Of The Lid…
Inade – Aldebaran
(Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
Debut CD from the masters of Black Ambient, available again after 6 years! Aldebaran is the black sun of the secret knowledge. This
work focuses on the German Vril society myths of Aldebaran, from which universal spirituality is said to originate. One hour of immense walls of dark,
brooding atmospherics, pulsating anthems of the universal power, mixed with themes of heritage and history. The ultimate document of deep and
cavernous dark ambient…
Z’EV – Sum Things
(Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
These six pieces endeavor to transport the listener deep into their long forgotten memories of the primal forces at the dawn of creation.
Each piece is based on a single sound source. Absolutely no effects of any kind, not even equalization, were applied to the source recordings. Instead,
Z’EV relied solely on the stretching of the duration and pitch of the samples and then edited and mixed the results down into the heart of space…
Sleep Research Facility – Deep Frieze
(Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
Ultra deep, glacial Dark Ambient, based around Antarctic co-ordinates. The polar regions are awe-inspiring environments of
inhospitable minimalism, and at the same time there\’s a beautiful serenity to be found in their uncharted bleakness. There’s a powerful purity and
a timelessness to be found there; snow which has lain un-trampled for millennia and ice which formed eons ago; mountain ranges and deserts and
rivers to be found if you look. Deep Frieze is SRF\’s second album for Cold Spring and here deep, resonant, abyss-like drones shine forth from icy
chasms below.
Jewelcase with foldout map booklet…
Sleep Research Facility – Nostromo
(Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
Ultra deep ambience, based on the first 8 minutes of the movie Alien, which depicts the deep space haulage vessel slowly moving
through the void. The disc takes you through a slow trip into the ship via tracks DECK A – E, deeper and deeper into the bowels of the Nostromo. Colossal
dark ambience from the abyss, with beautiful artwork that evokes the sinister atmosphere of the ship. Reissue with bonus track Narcissus….
Tor Lundvall – Ghost Years
(Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
“Ghost Years is my first retrospective CD featuring tracks from various compilations, vinyl-only releases plus some unreleased
material. The focus is more on my vocal work, however there are a few instrumental pieces included as well. Although the music spans about a decade,
I was surprised at how well the tracks flow together to make a coherent ensemble, evolving from my earlier song-oriented compositions to the more
ambient nature of my recent recordings.”

-Tor Lundvall…
All Hail the Transcending Ghost – All Hail the Transcending Ghost
(Cold Spring category)
(Price: $13.99)
The debut album from AHTTG – a joint collaboration between Henrik Nordvargr Bjorkk (MZ.412, Toroidh, Folkstorm etc) and Tim
Bertilsson (Fear Falls Burning, Switchblade). The Swedish duo have created arguably one of the most haunting drone-dark-ambient-industrial works in
recent years, invoking the spirits of old Nordvargr, meets the sludge-doom vibe of Tim\’s hellish guitar. …truly the most scary music I have recorded,
(Nordvargr.) An icy chill down your spine… a cold hand on your shoulder… you are never alone in the darkness…


More new stuff flowing into the
Hypnos Store this week. The first is a strange, experimental
side project by Hypnos artist Seren Ffordd, in collaboration with Gliese 614, under the name Llunstorcarnay.”

Llunstorcarnay (Seren Ffordd and Gliese 614) – Lament of a Forgotten God (CDR)
(miscellaneous category)
(Price: $11.99)
Debut album from “Llunstorcarnay,” a collaboration between Seren Ffordd and Gliese 614. “Lament of a Forgotten God
is inspired by the ancient poems such as the Song of Taliesyn and was recorded between August 2008 – March 2010. The album developed
a life of its own, not quite going where we had intended but drawing us into its own sounds and direction – we are pleased at having given it a voice….


We’re very excited about our new Hypnos release, which is our first digipak format CD, and the first work by Italian trio Herion.

Artist: Herion
Title: Out and About
Label: Hypnos CD (digipak)

Herion - Out and About

2010. Herion is an Italian trio whose members include Emanuele Errante (known to Hypnos customers for Humus on Evan Bartholomew’s Somnia label),
Enrico Coniglio (Aqua Dorsa project collaborator with Oophoi for the album Cloudlands, he also released Sea Cathedrals solo on Silentes), and Elisa Marzorati.

They’ve created a beautiful and compelling combination of delicate musical structures with “glitch” components and strange, experimental little samples.
Always a pleasant, peaceful listen, Out and About brings a blissed-out classical musicality into connection with an artful edge. This combination
of elements results in an especially sensitive, moving set of mood pieces. Somewhere between chamber music and minimalism, between lightness and melancholy,
this trio balances elements uncommon in ambient music.

Pre-release review:
“Emanuele Errante, Enrico Coniglio, and Elisa Marzorati have created a wonderful album that moves right to the soul of the listener. While I was familiar with Emanuele Errante,
who released the excellent Humus album on Somnia in 2008, the other performers were a mystery to me. Marzoratiís piano motifs, mixed with Coniglioís multi-faceted
contributions involving melodica, harmonica, and treated guitar, all meld beautifully with Erranteís orchestral arrangements.”

-ñReview by Michael Vitrano for Fluid Radio

Hypnos is very pleased to release the first album this this trio. Out and About is not only a departure in terms of sound, but is also the Hypnos label’s first release in
digipak format. Here are pictures to give a sense of the package (click on images to see super-big version). See below for sample audio clips in mp3 format.

Herion - Out and About - Digipak Exterior

Herion - Out and About - Digipak Interior

Out and About tracks, including mp3 sample clips:
01. Oxg MP3
02. Lindos MP3
03. Cab MP3
04. One Minute After the Sunset MP3
05. Moske Orgulje MP3
06. The Earth MP3
07. The Hanging Glacier MP3
08. Two Minutes To Sunrise MP3
09. Risvegli MP3
10. Solo MP3

Purchase direct for $12.99