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Peter Hammill


Eclectic Prog

4.14 | 452 ratings

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5 stars In Camera is the third album of what I think of as Peter Hammill's "avant-prog singer- songwriter trilogy" that issued in the wake of Pawn Hearts. I use the term "singer-songwriter" because on each of the three albums there are many songs on which Hammill handles almost all the instrumentation, which is often quite sparse, with only a few tracks on which other musicians make a significant contribution.

That is especially the case for In Camera, on which most of the basic tracks were recorded by Hammill at his home studio and then were manipulated and had overdubs added. Guy Evans from VdGG appears on a couple of tracks, and Gog additionally features VdGG co-founder Chris Judge-Smith, but otherwise the album is almost all Hammill - which will surprise many listeners, since the sound he is able to attain by himself rivals his own ex-band in full flow.

The result of this experimental approach consists of dark, murky and Gothic soundscapes which run the gamut from intimate and personal to chilling and metaphysical, the concluding Magog being an eerie musique concrete piece. The most experimental and ambitious of the the three albums I've identified as being part of this trilogy, In Camera takes the fragile confessionals and existential angst of the previous two releases to its ultimate and shocking conclusion. A daunting but utterly essential work which will grow and grow on you.

Warthur | 5/5 |


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