Kim Halliday is a British composer of screen and stage music with a long list of credits to his name. His latest effort, Gorillas, I mean Birdsong in Mist, is a collection of short, mostly moody piano-led instrumental works that will easily ship you off for a holiday on an overcast beach. Some of these pieces feature a simple, repetitive keyboard melody backed up with synth drones and pinging percussion. Others offer up a lone, late-night piano perfect for a melancholy evening clutching a mug of hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire. Sometimes, the piano is padded with echo and accompanied by big beats. On other tracks, the piano is ditched for a field of reverb-drenched tin can percussion backed up with deep mechanical drones and echoes. Surprisingly, rock music shows its raucous face, brandishing a distorted guitar riff with churning rhythms and more big room percussion. Then some minor key mystery rock makes a pleasing appearance, followed by a bit of ambient drone that rocks out with a rubber band bass, more distorted guitar riffs and big beat drums. Things get more experimental with some spacey echo backdrops accompanied by urgent cello and severe strings. All told, there’s a lot to sink your ears into on this disc of enjoyable, head-nodding, soundtrack-like mood music.
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