This is something of a revelation to me. Until the good folks at Kalamine Records (run by Zumaia) told me about him, he was off my radar. This I count as a loss, because Philippe Simon brings a vibrant, updated sound to the Berlin School of electronic music which peaked with artists like Klaus Schulze, Mario Schönwälder and others during the 1980s. Simon’s sound is a fresh, even better-produced continuation of that tradition.
He has made 200 albums. I have some exploring to do.
Bedroom ambient musicians should be a dime a dozen, but if you actually delve into their back catalogs, you find that they have a tremendous amount of talent. I don’t know much about Jack Hertz, but I’ve come across his work while looking for other favorites like Cousin Silas, Martin Neuhold and the late Wolfgang Gsell (may his memory be ever eternal). The cover art reeled my in instantly, so, as is my habit before beginning my work day, I spent my free hour with headphones in tow and jumped right into this release.
The sound is spacious, ambient in the pure sense of the word, and rather engaging at times, with pulses of low tones and what seems to be rather interesting instrumentation filling in any potential voids. This is a beefy release for an ambient record.
As an aside, you may wish to consider heading over to his record label’s Bandcamp page. Aural Films are offering 239 releases for the unbelievably low sum of fifty cents. All I’ve perused have been interesting.