[Music] Haram Tapes – Scorpions & Fountains

Haram Tapes is the side project of our friend Sumatran Black, and he’s really outdoing himself on this latest release.  Genres blend seamlessly here, with ambient music, old industrial-influenced electronic music, field recordings and synth music being balanced well enough to be creepy and engaging.  The material is very topical, quite political in a way that is not preachy or obnoxious, and it goes to show HT put a lot of thought into composing a story with this work.

A brilliant piece, but I expect this coming from Pete of SB.

[Music] Steve Hogarth & Richard Barbieri – Your Beautiful Face

Richard Barbieri never disappoints. From his work in Japan to all of the wonderful projects he’s worked on since, he’s shown to be a thoroughly underrated synth player. There’s always hope he’ll reach a bigger audience.

The surprise here, for me, is Steve Hogarth. I’m not a huge fan of Marillion (at least since old singer Fish left the band in the late ’80s), but really, Hogarth’s voice sounds like a perfect compliment to the electronic underpinning Barbieri provides. A lush work.

This one is dedicated to my Mari, who has given me a year of happiness.