James Hood is renowned as a vital and versatile musical pioneer. His lengthy and varied musical resume includes playing drums in The Pretenders, an ongoing two-decades-plus run as mastermind of the visionary ambient/electronica act Moodswings and an expansive array of production and soundtrack projects. In 2014 James launched the album Ceremony, an exploration of a uniquely mesmeric melodic instrument - the PanArt Hang. The "musical incense" of this recording spoke to fans of ambient artists such as Brian Eno, Phillip Glass and those seeking a peaceful time-slowing soundtrack. Ceremony was a resounding success, introducing tens of thousands of listeners to a compelling sonic experience, and reaching #1 on World and New Age charts in US and Canada.
The story now continues with the global release of Pure Ceremony on June 2nd. This new two disc album finds James deepening his sonic explorations, adding additional instrumentation and rhythmic textures to his now signature soundscapes.
Noted ambient music writer and critic Stephen Hill, previewed the new record and writes:
Pure Ceremony is not just a worthy successor to its popular predecessor, but an evolutionary vehicle, where just the right amount of musical development and embellishment was added to the project.