Hidden Orchestra
Night Walks


4.5
superb

Review

by Josh D. USER (15 Reviews)
May 13th, 2022 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A mesmerizing amalgamation of a lot of things you like.

At severe risk of being pretentious, Paradise Lost:

And higher than that wall a circling row
Of goodliest trees, loaden with fairest fruit,
Blossoms and fruits at once of golden hue,
Appeared, with gay enamelled colours mixed:
On which the sun more glad impressed his beams


Night Walks, the 2010 effort from Hidden Orchestra, is certainly loaden with fruit of gay enamelled colours mixed. Primarily the work of Joe Acheson, Hidden Orchestra layers electronic music with jazz, field recordings, and orchestral instruments into dense compositions. This should be a task unto itself, but the thoughtful and immersive result that is Night Walks is an achievement.

“Antiphon” (inspiration for the Alfa Mist album of the same name?) is a perfect opener, a pure demonstration of creativity. Reverse sounds and electro-acoustic elements flicker over breakbeat drums that eventually build into a frantic crescendo. What sounds like someone having a ball experimenting, the album fleshes out into a jazz hop dream. Complex and dark and spanning upright bass and drum machines to strings and horns, and littered with spoken word and nature samples, Night Walks still doesn’t feel like a chore to listen to.

Alternating between ambient jazz moments thick with noir and more cacophonous routes of administration via multi-genre electronica, Night Walks fills its runtime with these dynamic peaks and valleys. Its unpredictability requires attention, performing cinema from scene to scene. Hidden Orchestra captures a boisterous and intricate hour of your time in clashes of sound that seem to always be searching for more instead of a way out. “Undergrowth” fittingly takes the album to its conclusion with a slower, simpler approach as if to deliver you through the kaleidoscopic wilderness you just endured.

Night Walks is a warm hypnosis long to be a staple of whichever style you use to describe it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Josh D.
May 13th 2022


17193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Halfway through writing this I ran out of things to say. Whatever.

Ecnalzen
May 13th 2022


11235 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I friggin love this group



Holy wtf, did this not have a review? Well, good on you for giving it a write up

parksungjoon
May 13th 2022


42920 Comments


christ that poor cover image

Josh D.
May 13th 2022


17193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only time I feel like reviewing things is when I dig something and see it doesn't have one on here.

MrSirLordGentleman
May 14th 2022


15142 Comments


awesome stuff

this and Archipelago are equally great

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2022


5689 Comments


I saw them live at a Jazz festival in my hometown some years ago. I remember being blown away by their performance and I listened to their stuff for a while after. I have to check their newer records as well.

Digging: Pure Reason Revolution - Above Cirrus

parksungjoon
May 15th 2022


42920 Comments


>The only time I feel like reviewing things is when I dig something and see it doesn't have one on here.


pretty much yeah, based

u know submotion orchestra btw?

Josh D.
May 15th 2022


17193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've heard the name, but that's it. The closer things get to electronic music the less I get interested, so maybe I was put off by something once upon a time idk

parksungjoon
May 15th 2022


42920 Comments


check the debut bro finest hour

Josh D.
May 15th 2022


17193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

FINE



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