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Killing Ghosts

by James Murray

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Giles smooth but uneasy drones overlaid with beautifully curated samples(?) and subtle noise and distortion. evokes cold and loneliness while being sonically 'real'. excellent! Favorite track: Allways.
Wylfryd Smythe
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Wylfryd Smythe If you're looking for health spa ambient or musical prozac, look elsewhere. This is uneasy listening where sounds come in and out of focus, some recognisably analogue / acoustic, others most definitely not. A big, unignorable head filiing sound. If you must file it somewhere, file under contemporary classical.
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Dotflac Killing Ghosts weaves ephemereal links with two non-miscible dimensions, flexibly transgresses the borders between the tangible and the unseizable.

It gives us the paradoxical sensation to face an object ready to dissolve in the fog, like an apparition whose existence comes down to the length of our apnea, as the least breath will send it back to the twilight of its life.

This microverse inevitably collapses in the end, but remember that what matters is the journey, and not the destination. Favorite track: First Hand.
Margaret Harmer
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Margaret Harmer The textures in this album are fabulous! As the tracks move forward, the drones become more ghostly. A lot of glacial wind atmospheres and objects rattling in the wind. Evocative, evolving spectrums - purely beautiful! Favorite track: Footsteps.
Footsteps 06:55
Grace 05:11
First Hand 07:33
Allways 04:32
Second Sight 06:24



'Killing Ghosts is a naturally-developing and carefully sculpted world of sound. Things cannot be rushed here. Patience is very much a virtue, because thoughtful, considered sound design needs time to breathe and brood. Composed feelings of peace and acceptance permeate the entire album, and it humbly plays on, never retreating towards timidity but rather embracing humility.' James Catchpole (Fluid Radio)

'Killing Ghosts est une œuvre d’une rare beauté à manipuler avec prudence et à pénétrer avec délicatesse, mais récompensera ses explorateurs patients et parés à s’y fragmenter. Nulle crainte que cet album sera apprécié à sa juste valeur par ceux qui savent, et restera longtemps le compagnon de ces éternels chercheurs d’ailleurs qui souhaitent secrètement ne jamais le trouver; car ce qui compte, c’est le voyage et non la destination.' Dotflac (Tartine de Contrebasse)

'...personal, emotional, and with unequalled sound design.' ambientblog

'Un racconto cesellato con attenzione e cura da Murray, un’immersione affascinante che ne conferma il grande talento.' So What Musica

'That Home Normal's Ian Hawgood describes Killing Ghosts as “a genuine highlight in our eight years of existence as a label” says much about the high quality on display, and just as he has done many times before, Murray once again demonstrates a remarkable sensitivity to texture and balance in his creative work.' Textura

'...these are not these are not mere abstract soundscapes or pastoral musings. There is an even greater alchemy at work here, a visceral sense of isolation and soul-deep reflection somehow conveyed purely through sound and a complete erasure of the lines between exteriority and interiority as the artist struggles to “make some sense not just of [a] peculiar time, but of each and every day spent without those we leave behind”.  Immersive, captivating, and deeply personal, it is one not to be missed.' Stationary Travels

'There are many fine moments to ruminate over here: the vaporous techno daydream of “First Hand”, the enveloping dread of “Living Ghosts”…Murray again proves himself a sound art auteur of rare imagination.' Foreign Accents

'Il est certain que tout comme moi, les amateurs de voyages sonores chercheront à se replonger pendant de nombreuses années, dans celui que vient de nous proposer l’artiste.' Dive Into Sun

' The textures in this album are fabulous! As the tracks move forward, the drones become more ghostly. A lot of glacial wind atmospheres and objects rattling in the wind. Evocative, evolving spectrums - purely beautiful!' Margaret Harmer (Bandcamp)

'Spectral slithers and hints of long-passed raves creep through the oozing sub-bass. Careful sound design reveals icy breaths of drone. Weighty, stalking swathes of noise-fug at first obscure the slow-mo trance and techno that lurks beneath. But when the mist clears, patterns of rhythm and joyous, revelling figures emerge. I’m coming over all wistful. My genuine reveal of the day, there. Embrace that, dear reader.' Norman Records

'I sette brani che formano il lavoro disegnano in tal modo un percorso, un’evoluzione di timbriche avviluppanti, che saturano gradualmente lo spazio sonoro entro il quale James Murray dispensa correnti ambientali ipnotiche, destinate a catartici orizzonti interiori.' Music Won't Save You

'Au total, cette forme de prudence qui caractérise la manière dont James Murray associe ses éléments et confectionne ses morceaux n’aura alors d’égal que le charme qui s’en dégage.' Etherreal


Dive Into Sun 'Best of 2017'


released February 28, 2017

Written and Produced by James Murray in the Black Mountains and at Slowcraft Studio

Artwork by Małgorzata Łapsa-Malawska
Design by James Murray, Christian Roth and Ian Hawgood
Mastered by Ian Hawgood



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Home Normal is an analog ambient music label.

Founded in Tokyo in 2008, Home Normal crossed over the connection from the netlabel scene to present analog ambient music in unique physical packages across our connected labels, leading the way for the micro-label movement in 2009.

Moving to the UK in 2019, our releases can still be found in independent stores across Japan.

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