After several short releases, Tom Honey, Winchester, UK, makes the big step with a first album. A project at first conceived as a way to alleviate the effects and symptoms of tinnitus, by creating collection of calming and sleep inducing composition.
It is this filter which makes this debut album interesting, because it eliminates some of the disturbing metal influences Tom Honey cites on his myspace, Mike Patton, Cult Of Luna or Agalloch, and the noisy side of post-rock, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Moving Mountains or Aidan Baker.
Once this sorting has been done, we are left with more accurate influences considering this project : Sigur Rós, Eluvium, The Album Leaf, The Appleseed Cast, Hammock, Stars Of The Lid or Chihei Hatakeyama. Tom Honey plays quiet ambient / post-rock music at a crossroads between these artists, so "A summer" is a familiar record, nothing you haven't already experienced, nothing strongly original but nothing irremediably weak too.
Maybe it's better to listen to this without high expectation, and after all there is no excessive pretension, no abstruse experimentation, just an honest record. Opening with "Solid Surroundings Feel Empty" it slowly develops a strange ambiance, which something becomes interesting but ends before reaching an expected target. The whole album is like that, on every track there are interesting elements, but not the expected emotional climax. It constantly slips through the sieve without gold nuggets, leaving no durable trace in memory, no deep emotional feelings.