Matthew Himes: Hemlock & Bergamot (cassette)
Summer Solstice is the day those of us in the Northern Hemisphere receive the most direct sunlight of the year, which seems the perfect time to reveal this fresh work of luminous free folk and pastoral psychedelia for the new millennium.
This is Matthew's first full length album to be released under his own name, and it's a welcome return to songwriting after a period without.
"Hemlock & Bergamot" offers a dusty allegory, both lullaby and lament. A gesture to remind of both the knots tightly tied and loose ends unravelled.
Seven songs of dreams and reality, rooted in the spaces between. A story told of both past reflection and forward projection, tales of trauma framed as spectral encounter, and the road to recovery through love and light.