The new Martin Hall album Phasewide, Exit Signs – his first solo release in seven years – has been met with great reviews in the press. Highlights go like this:
- ”The ever changeable Hall in disturbingly good shape.” ( * * * * * )
Gaffa (Denmark’s biggest music magazine).
- ”Quite simply an aesthetic experience.” ( * * * * * )
Undertoner (leading Danish site for independent music).
- ”Breathtakingly beautiful.” ( * * * * * )
Lydtapet (Danish site for independent music).
- ”Haunting beauty and a delicate, melancholic desperation.” ( * * * * )
Jyllands-Posten (Denmark’s biggest newspaper).
- ”An altogether stunning experience.” ( * * * * * )
Aarhus Stiftstidende (daily Danish newspaper).
- ”This album is a delight to listen to.” ( * * * * * )
BT (Denmark’s equivalent to The Daily Mirror).
- ”Beautiful and unique.”
Politiken (Denmark’s equivalent to The Guardian).
- ”Extremely present.”
Information (Denmark’s equivalent to The Independent).
- ”One of the most important records of 2013 appeared. Outstanding.” ( * * * * * )
Nowamuzyka (Polish site for independent music).
The record itself is probably best described as a musical log book, a quite discreet sounding piece of work that has been recorded in cities such as Montreal, London and Brussels. Hall works with several new collaborators the album, one of these being the Greek-English pianist Othon Mataragas (probably best known from his works with names such as Marc Almond, Current 93 and Peter Christopherson from Coil and Throbbing Gristle). Other tracks feature artists such as Linus Carlsen and The Funeral Tag Brass Band. Well-known Hall collaborators such as Christian Skeel, Johnny Stage and The Vista Dome Ensemble also appear on the recordings.