Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Imaginative soundscapes await you in Ian Haygreen's new release Utopia. Sonorous synth drones play in big sonic environments. Samples colour the pieces, furthering their cinematic quality.

The titles recall a plot of searching for "Utopia". There's no lyric, no traditional vocals, only recordings of conversations in the background as if a television was left on in the corner. Mellotronlike choral tones provide drama, ambiguity creates the story. It's an instrumental exploration.

In the notes, Ian mentions the inspiration for this was Tangerine Dream's mid-seventies stuff. I enjoyed Ian's take on it. Modern techniques creep in, and he produces a nice update of the ideas, which I found very well executed.

You can find Ian on Twitter as @IanHaygreen or on soundcloud.