This review will be brief for two reasons. First, it won’t take many words to encapsulate what Greg Taw has laid forth here. The Hummingbird Dream is a short, two-part disc that begins with a 24-minute immersive swirl of ambient guitar textures laid over rich organ drones and field recordings, a glistening fog of sound pulled to both horizons and set in gentle motion. In trying to capture a sense of sadness, Taw infuses his drifts with a tactile ache of the soul, a sense of shrugging resignation, the heartbroken art of watching moments pass through half-open eyes. He rounds off the disc with another 6 minutes of shoegaze-derived post-rock melancholy. (First time I heard the shimmering guitar I thought my iPod had shuffled me over to a Slow Dancing Society CD–which is a very strong compliment.) Vocals from Jessyca Hutchins and Rebecca Orchard fill the space like a distant half-memory that’s fading slowly.
The second reason this review is brief is simply because you need to stop reading now and go listen. The work speaks for itself, and you will listen to it over and over.
Available from Hellosquare Recordings.