Hamel album cover

Peter Michael Hamel


Man o man does this one deserve a bigger spot in the bugged out firmament. Hamel is a keyboardist who decided not just to go it alone but also to leave it alone. Much of this album is one or two instruments—mostly organ—and tons of space and silence. The organ was big you say? Few places let it get bigger than this album, a genuine space crash of drones and repeating organ figures dancing around the perimeter of this rarely analog void, brushing into Steve Reich territory a few times. Very beautiful and creepy and great.

Sasha Frere-Jones

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