Album:  	Hill, Flower, Fog
Artist:  	Emily A. Sprague
Year:  	        2020
Genre / Style:  Electronic / New Age / Ambient / Minimal / Musique Concrète

Hill Flower Fog by Emily A. Sprague is a record that soothes, maybe offers hope. Its release pattern is interesting too, probably as the action completes a circle, looking, maybe, to reignite some trust in how we experience the passage of time. Brought out on vinyl at the beginning of this turbulent year, its digital cousin is now there, ready to be employed on all devices. No, I am not looking to ΓÇ£sell across platformsΓÇ¥, rather to reflect that Hill Flower Fog really does work like a pocket elixirr instead of a release on a hip label, to be used whilst slumped on a couch or to soundtrack a morning walk.

The job of Emily A. SpragueΓÇÖs music, it seems, is to help us find a sense of peace in the everyday, a mission where patience is the helpmeet. In this regard, ΓÇÿMoon ViewΓÇÖ is a deceptive opener. Despite its innocuous nature, itΓÇÖs a clever piece in the way that it presages much of what is to come in terms of mood and also in its way of disarming the listener. You canΓÇÖt get restless or irritable with a track like ΓÇÿMoon ViewΓÇÖ. You may miss out on its charms a few times, especially when you first sink into the reverie that the rest of this record conjures up. But you soon come to accept its presence as an introduction to a beautiful, calm 40 minutes or so.

The music on Hill Flower Fog often perfectly embodies the song titles. ΓÇÿHorizonΓÇÖ, with its rapidly tumbling or rising clusters of notes creates an instantly hopeful feel, akin to the sound of small birds singing on the wing. Seemingly fragmentary these momentary note clusters start to create, by dint of repetition, the most charming sense of reason and acceptance.The odd wobble in the sequencing doesnΓÇÖt go amiss either. ΓÇÿMirrorΓÇÖ, a beautiful and gentle gesture of ascending notes (ones that seemingly dilate before you can register them), accurately reflects the floating sensations of staring at a pane of glass, or seeing whatever is captured there. ΓÇÿWovenΓÇÖ is a strangely airborne piece of music, again built on repetitive motions and passages of notes that nevertheless focuses our attention on the miniscule, seeing detail through a sharpened filter and being able to drown out the noise elsewhere. ΓÇÿRainΓÇÖ should be self explanatory in the context of whatΓÇÖs gone before, what is nice here is the slight drop in key, which allows a weird hinterland to form just out of sight, but one that still calms and enchants. Last track ΓÇÿStar GazingΓÇÖ, for some unknown reason (maybe itΓÇÖs the synth squeaks and squawks), reminds me of the closer on another monster of calm, ΓÇÿIn EwigkeitΓÇÖ on ClusterΓÇÖs Sowiesoso. Its funny-sad properties are similar, for sure. ItΓÇÖs very difficult not to be utterly lost, and feel becalmed, in these timeless passages of sound.

IΓÇÖm not sure why a caustic, grizzled old reviewer like me is continually charmed by this simple, winning, empathic record. But it certainly works a powerful spell and youΓÇÖd be missing ΓÇ£somethingΓÇ¥ if you didnΓÇÖt listen in. - Richard Foster on December 6, 2020 

Number of Tracks: 5
Total Duration:   40:42
Total Size:       93.2 MBs (including scan, m3u, and txt)
Parity Archive:   Yes, 7%
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TXT Created:  	  2 April 2021

01) Rain
02) Moon View
03) Woven
04) Star Gazing
05) Mirror
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