Kim Hiorthoy

Dogs

Label Smalltown Supersound Genre Electronic Cat no. sts206cd

£11.99

On his previous output Hiorthoy has mixed everything from folk, freejazz, lo-fi electronics, acid, instrumental hip hop and field recordings. On 'Dogs' he has stripped everything down to a minimum, and gone to the core of his characteristic sound. The album consists of mostly just piano and ambiance, with some beats, and on some tracks the occational synth. 'Dogs' is his purest and most beautiful album. Hiorthoy himself cites Jan Johansson as an inspiration but says that for him the music on this album is still anchored in early hip hop, sample-based music (though there are no samples on 'Dogs)', and even the simple, cheesy melodies of some 90's rave tracks. That said, 'Dogs' probably owes just as much to the roots of ambient music: the minimalist beauty of Harold Budd, or even Eric Satie.