After being a long-term fan of Wil Bolton's Cheju project and Boltfish label, Ian Hawgood was finally put in touch through David Newlyn who had Wil illustrate and design Ian's Koen Park release '84 85' on David's October Man Recordings label. This point marked the beginning of a friendship between Ian and Wil that has seen Wil perform and create for Ian's Home Normal label.
In 2014, Wil released his highly-celebrated 'Bokeh' for Home Normal. Featuring cover art by the Japanese photographer Hitoshi Ishihara, the album showed-off Wil's carefully-layered, organic minimalist sound that he has truly marked his own.
Ian and Wil started collaborating almost eight years ago, yet 'Transparencies' marks only the first full album release by Ian and Wil. Utilising piano, guitar, glockenspiel, flute, vocals, and found sounds, the album contains the fragile yet melodious nature both have become known for.
Following on from Wil's own 'Bokeh' release, 'Transparencies' features cover art by Hitoshi Ishihara and package design by Christian Roth. We're are so happy to finally be presenting this long overdue work to you here.
All music by Ian Hawgood + Wil Bolton
Photography by Hitoshi Ishihara