Review: Directorsound - I Hunt Alone (2013)

Nich­olas Palmer is no stranger to our site, as he deserves a place of hon­our for being one half of the duo The A. Lords, together with Michael Tan­ner, whose self-titled 2011 LP remains a favour­ite. Palmer’s solo work as Dir­ect­or­sound has­n’t fea­tured here before, how­ever, some­thing which I hereby wish to rec­tify. Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of the mag­ni­fi­cent The Cloisters album (Tan­ner again), sub­scriber label Second Lan­guage has just released I Hunt Alone, the latest Dir­ect­or­sound work.

Review: The Cloisters (2012)

By now I think we can safely enshrine Michael Tan­ner in the hall of fame of com­posers who… — well, I still have dif­fi­culties describ­ing this move­ment, if indeed it is one, but I would say that it is char­ac­ter­ised by a mod­ern or for­ward-look­ing com­bin­a­tion of instru­mental (mostly acous­tic) music with elec­tronic record­ing and edit­ing tech­niques, field record­ings, and sampling. At the same time, rather than run­ning with the obvi­ous theme of futur­istic urban music, these com­posers look back­ward and inward, to a partly real, partly ima­gined his­tor­ical land­scape.