If you head southwest out of London by train or automobile, five or six hours and some 350 miles later you'll reach the southwestern edge of Great Britain, and the seaside region known as West Cornwall. There, on a peninsula extending into the Celtic Sea halfway between Ireland and Brittany, in the picturesque village of St. Ives, lives musician MATT HILLIER and his wife and vocal muse JACQUELINE KERSLEY.
It's an unlikely place for one of the most sophisticated Ambient musicians anywhere. Since 1995 under a variety of aliases and since 2002 as ISHQ, Matt Hillier has been releasing his sensitive and harmonious brand of Ambient electronica, inspired by the natural beauty of the Cornish landscape.
As a body of work it has certain qualities in common with the best new age artists of days gone by, combining sounds from nature, ethereal electronic textures, and Middle and Far Eastern influences. Matt describes it as "slow gentle drifting harmonic timeless ambience meditations" and "triptamine astral sound paintings and visionary sonic art." As you'll hear, he's not exaggerating in the slightest.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space, an ISHQ retrospective inspired by our colleague MIKE G of AMBIENTMUSICGUIDE.com in Brisbane, Australia, on a program called INVISIBLE LANDSCAPES.