HODGE - SHADOWS IN BLUE 2LP (HOUNDSTOOTH)
Hodge follows releases on labels such as Livity Sound, Berceuse Heroique and Peach Discs with his debut LP ‘Shadows In Blue’. After including a track on Houndstooth’s 2018 comp ‘IDDK’ he delivers an album inspired by old prog rock album covers, a new-found love of plants and gardening, and science fiction literature. The work is awash in earthy psychedelia; tracks shimmer with the sounds of birdsong, natural percussion and visions of a future in which nature has taken back an artificial world. The abundance of natural influences does not detract from Hodge’s ability to write solid dance floor rhythms however. On the soaring lead track, ‘Ghost of Akina’, he performs unspooling frenetic breaks from a dreamlike stance.