Various Artists
Solitary Hymns
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1Theodore Cale Schafer – Mansfield 3:43
2Anthéne – Light Years 7:45
3Benoît Pioulard – Careworn 5:02
4øjeRum – Your Chest, Your Hands, Your Mouth 4:26
5Stijn Hüwels – Magnlia III 6:00
6Forest Management – Fill in the Blanks 3:44
7Hakobune – March 28th 4:57
8Zen Zsigo – (Windowpane) Nowhere Nearer 10:34
9Oberlin – Remaining Embers 4:55
10Adara Moreau aka Body of Intrigue – Petrichor 8:09

Solitary Hymns is an assemblage of ambient compositions sourced and compiled by Vaagner in March, during the rise of the 2020 pandemic, aimed at offering anyone a brief escape from feelings of uncertainty, lonesomeness or anxiety.

Now on its anniversary and with the pandemic still ongoing, the album getʼs its first physical release, including an additional piece by Winnipeg based Adara Moreau, aka Body of Intrigue, which is exclusive to the physical version.

Original press text:

Each artist on Solitary Hymns originates from a different part of the globe, and while some of the featured works are direct, sonic responses to the occurrences of the past days, others are unreleased recordings, that take on an entirely new context in the current, unprecedented situation we all see ourselves in. The compilation itself is presented in form of an aural chronical, starting with the buoyantly optimistic string arrangements of Theodore Cale Schafer's ‘Mansfieldʼ and the tranquil reverberations of Anthéneʼs ‘Light Yearsʼ.

Solitary Hymns then moves into a triptych of adjourning, emotionally laden tape loops from Benoît Pioulard. øjeRum and Stijn Hüwels, prompting a wave of reminiscences and reconciliation. Moving on, Forest Managementʼs piece basks the listener into an auditory shroud of heavy fog, before ‘March 28thʼ by Hakobune plunges oneself into the depths of bleak, unwavering seclusion.

On Solitary Hymns final moments, Zen Zsigo dispenses a sonic spell, bordering between serenity and angst, before Oberlin showcases a last, musing rumination, recalling opaque windows and old charcoal dust.