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Nottingham-based Tom Hill shifts course from his beat-driven electronica releases on Wichita Records to sculpt an eccentric album of classical guitar and organic environmental samples for the Expanding Records label. Cracked Mirrors and Stopped Clocks opens with impending doom, as cinematic strings and spidery guitars emerge from a tunnel of noise, fading into estranged solo acoustic guitar refrains.
The material collected for Snowflakes and Carwrecks was recorded during the same sessions that produced last year’s Ferndorf album, Volker Bertelmann’s impressive second LP for Fat Cat’s 130701 offshoot. Although billed as an EP, the CD’s seven tracks clock up a forty-minute playtime (NB: the vinyl edition is restricted to five) and the track sequence makes for a rather wonderful album in its own right.