Pete Swinton – Hunger

[Reviewed by: Iaha Crax]

Pete Swinton is a fairly unknown figure in the ambient experimental field that drew attention (at least for myself) on the occasion of this release on the Brazilian label The Church of Noisy Goat. This was an opportunity to get introduced to the work of a celebrated ambient producer and discover an artist which deserves the highest credit in the genre. He has published many albums that we should expect to be surprising discoveries.

Traditionally, Pete Swinton likes to portray different books or films that inspired him and suggested an ambiance which can be translated into music. This time, he chose the novel “Hunger” by the Norwegian (greatest and contested) author Knut Hamsun, which I had enjoyed greatly. The music of “Hunger” resides on subtle and sparkling drones carrying vibes and minuscule traces of liquid colours, access a dream sector of the mental, where one can decant, in a state of amazement, memories from certain moments where his existence was at scarce and drown in penury. The interpreter is anchored in the existential episodes of the novel’s protagonist and ably renders in surreal tones the psychological states he suffers during his coping with a detestable reality. The juxtaposition of moods and tonality together with delicate and mild passionate reveries, denotes an illusionary comfort for the one that surpasses physical famine by intellectual strength. These weightless sounds transfers a deeply poetical narrative, capturing the visual aspect of the text by Knut Hamsun.

The charm of the music by Pete Swinton could sound predictable, but the supple tone and its enriching melodic expressiveness configure a desirable company for a re-lecture of the novel. Much credit for The Church Of Noisy Goat for offering to us such a rewarding album.

Pete SwintonHunger
The Church of Noisy Goat, tcng248
Digital 2021

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