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Review of ambient album Haukijärvi

Updated: Jun 5, 2018

Review written by Matthew Gorgula.
















Haukijarvi by Carlin McLellan, aka Hidden Sky is truly captivating. Slow and humble, yet it presents an epic soliloquy to the modern world. It becomes a soundtrack for the future experience, converting a commute or a modern stroll through a botanic garden into absolute bliss. It is a botanic garden in this sense. Haukijari, a town in the east of Finland is the title of this release and is also the place where McLellan was able to apply his practice in sound therapy. The warm stretch of soundwaves found here become a blanket of synth, guitar drone, much to the likes of Brian Eno (Music for Airports) and Jonsi and Alex (Riceboy Sleeps). The music on Haukijari by Carlin McLellan is a pocket, a gap between the clouds, a clearing, a reflection that smiles at those who ask the world’s greatest questions. When I take the bus, now I know why the man camped at the roadside is there. As I listen, I imagine McLellan developing extensive lists that become poems, like thought patterns as bubbles – Endless Sunlight sits pleasantly alongside the early Heathered Pearls releases (particularly Loyal) and confidently provides a profound moment of depth that leads to even greater questions.


It becomes a soundtrack for the future experience, converting a commute or a modern stroll through a botanic garden into absolute bliss.

This is a beautiful reminder that Australian ambient music can and should still engulf you. It reminds me to be kind, to care for my thoughts in the same way that we care for everything that we are seeing. We are not alone in this feeling.

Haukijärvi can be streamed / downloaded from https://hiddensky.bandcamp.com/