The solo project of multi-instrumentalist and producer Joe Acheson, Hidden Orchestra's third album "Dawn Chorus" is centred on a collection of birdsong and other field recordings made around the UK and further afield. These ten tracks not only feature recordings made from around the world, but various international instruments too, including harp, glockenspiel, Turkish mey, clarinet and cello. The album's release was recently teased with the remarkable "Still" and now we have nine more haunting and evocative cinematics fusions of sparse drones, rolling and loose drums and melancholic instrumentation and of course, those harmonious birds.
Edinburgh's Hidden Orchestra are back on Tru Thoughts with that fine jazz-ambient crossover, a particular strain of pseudo electronica that pretty much no one else has ventured down. This is primarily because this kind of stuff is rather complex to put together - a tune like "Still" requires you to appreciate the intricacies of jazz drumming while still being in tune with the looseness of drone and sparse sonics. There's a tougher edit which follows, and a total ambient mix without drums! Beautiful.