Thursday, February 22, 2018

Andy Partridge & Harold Budd - Through the Hill (1994)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Harold Budd - The Pavilion of Dreams (1978)
Harold Budd - Lovely Thunder (1986)
Cocteau Twins & Harold Budd - The Moon and Melodies (1986)
Harold Budd - The White Arcades (1988)
Harold Budd - The Serpent (In Quicksilver) + Abandoned Cities (1989)
Harold Budd, Ruben Garcia, Daniel Lentz - Music for 3 Pianos (1992)
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd - After the Night Falls (2007)

Abstract, minimal sounds from XTC mainman Andy Partridge and ambient great Harold Budd. Evocative, patiently composed, and thoughtfully executed songs -- each has its own unique instrumental palette. One of my favorite ambient records.

Track listing:
1. Hand 19
2. Through the Hill
3. Great Valley of Gongs
4. Western Island of Apples
5. Anima Mundi
6. Hand 20
7. The Place of Odd Glances
8. Well for the Sweat of the Moon
9. Tenochtitlan's Numberless Bridges
10. Ceramic Avenue
11. Hand 21
12. Missing Pieces to the Game of Salt and Onyx
13. Mantle of Peacock Bones
14. Bronze Coins Showing Genitals
15. Bearded Aphrodite
16. Hand 22
17. Bosch
18. Bruegel

Children thrown from heaven

If you like this, try:
Vidna Obmana -
The River of Appearance (1996)
Arve Henriksen -
Chiaroscuro (2004)


  1. Just beautiful. There always seems to be another Budd project that I haven't heard yet - gift that keeps on giving!

    1. I know, right? So many albums, so many collaborations. I've seriously put in time trying to hear it all, but I'm sure there's still some great stuff I haven't heard