Thin Air (album)
|Studio album by Peter Hammill|
|Recorded||August 2008 - March 2009|
|Peter Hammill chronology|
|BBC Music||(favourable) |
Thin Air is British singer-songwriter Peter Hammill's 32nd solo album, released on his own Fie! Records label in June 2009. It was additionally made available as digital download through Burning Shed Records.
As on his previous release, Singularity, Hammill played all instruments, wrote all the songs and produced the album.
The main theme of the album is disappearance, as Hammill told British music magazine Mojo in February 2009: "it became apparent fairly quickly that strong thematic links were running through the songs' lyrics: disappearance, change, loss, dislocation in various forms were stitched through all of them."
According to Allmusic, Thin Air "may be less experimental than Singularity, but bleaker -- and a more cohesive, consistent artistic proposition." The songs contain "almost no percussion, just acoustic guitars, piano, some gnarly electric guitar lines, bass, and those massed and intertwined back vocals that have become his signature".
The album's cover was again created by Paul Ridout, using stills from his video work "Minutely Observed Horizon".
All tracks composed by Peter Hammill
- "The Mercy" - 6:21
- "Your Face on the Street" - 5:21
- "Stumbled" - 4:48
- "Wrong Way Round" - 2:40
- "Ghosts of Planes" - 5:23
- "If We Must Part Like This" - 4:38
- "Undone" - 4:25
- "Diminished" - 6:11
- "The Top of the World Club" - 7:03
- Peter Hammill – composer, vocals, producer, engineer
- Paul Ridout – design, photography
Your Face on the Street
While living in Bath Hammill had the idea for the song "Your Face on the Street" inspired by the disappearance of Melanie Hall in the same city. Some of the lyrics of the song were written at the time of her disappearance, and when the album came out, the discovery of her remains had yet to be made.