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High & Lonesome

by The Howard Hughes Suite

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TheSlowMusicMovement The Howard Hughes Suite's new LP is here and it's a mesmerizing, wide-eyed meander through undulating ambient Americana, the sort of soundtrack Brian Eno would imagine if he was dreaming of being a cowboy.

Already getting great reviews on Ambient Blog amongst others, and even BBC Radio 3 (Night Tracks) & Radio 6 play from Gideon Coe, and not much ambient music makes it to prime time BBC radio!
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DJHDD I have always been a fan of ambient pedal steel guitar with it's crying & mournful sound perfectly singing the sound of loneliness & empty spaces. Finding the mysteries & reclusive Howard Hughes Suite has been a blessing. Anything he puts his guitar plucks to is worth a listen whilst dreaming of the western desserts of cosmic cowboy soaked mythology. Favorite track: Desert Spirits.
Flow State 03:58
Reverie 03:23
Hinterland 09:39


Ambient Blog - www.ambientblog.net/blog/2022-02/howardhughessuite-fawnwodacianileisz/
Jazz Press: jazzpress.gpoint-audio.com/2022/02/february-18th-2022-release-via-slow-music-movement-howard-hughes-suite-high-lonesome/
Loudness Blog Interview: loudnessblog.com/mol6
All About Jazz: www.allaboutjazz.com/high-and-lonesome-the-howard-hughes-suite-self-produced
A Closer Listen: acloserlisten.com/2022/05/25/the-howard-hughes-suite-high-lonesome/
On The Fringes of Sound: www.onthefringesofsound.com/post/rounding-the-fringes-march-13
Loop: www.loop.cl/content/view/1994/27/
Independent Clauses: independentclauses.com/quick-hits-runar-blesvik-the-howard-hughes-suite-tapani-rinne-juha-ma%CC%88ki-patola/

LP Release Notes:
The Age of Virus.

In a time of face masks and plexiglass; lockdowns and furloughs, I have no doubt that I was not alone in becoming even more stressed and anxious than usual.

Though insomnia was stealing my nights, I was able to channel this exhaustion into something positive, and the results from this intense episode are here on ‘High and Lonesome’.

Composed, recorded, and mixed in June 2020; the whole process became a cathartic and calming experience, and I hope this will be true for listeners of the album too.

Perhaps the very absence of sleep is the invisible, guiding hand that authored and informed these sonic dreamscapes and their ethereal narratives; an aural aid in the art of losing yourself, surrendering and letting go.

Everything you hear on this album was created by using pedal steel guitar as the sole/soul sound source; at times unrecognisable, but always affecting.

The album's title refers, in part, to the 'high lonesome sound' - "...An expressively emotional, powerful and earthy style of musical expression associated mainly with bluegrass, old-time and country music, characterised by unmetered music ...".

To my ears, though, the 'high lonesome sound' is best conjured by the keening cry of the pedal steel; an aching, melancholic weeping, yet paradoxically remains uplifting.

The Howard Hughes Suite


released February 18, 2022

All music © The Howard Hughes Suite

Not only does The Howard Hughes Suite's passion run deep for the art and craft of music, he's also an avid photographer, with an idiosyncratic eye, and designs his own cover artwork. An exhibition of his photography, film and music is expected later in the year.

Mastering: Ian Hawgood (www.homenormal.com)


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