Review: Belfast label Touch Sensitive Records delivers The Host's second album, and only his second release altogether under that alias. The Host is actually Northern Irish bass scientist Barry Lynn aka Boxcutter, a producer who has put out a vast amount of material on Planet Mu, and a string of EP's on Scuba's Hotflush Recordings, among many others. Touch Sensitive has decided to go for his more abstract work, however, and judging by their previous compilation by London's Cherrystones, these guys are into the deep end. Esalen Lectures is an album that requires patience and an open mind to allow its moody soundscapes to enter your mind. Once tracks like "Submersion" or "Primate Change" gather their momentum and rhythm, though, The Host's arrangements will stick in the back of your mind like no other contemporary drone and ambient music. From dubbed-out sonic swirls to twisted blends of drone, this is gorgeous and comes heavily recommended.