Padna - Alku Toinen (CD Aagoo Records/Rev Laboratories)

Nat Hawks is the man responsible for Padna, which has been dedicated to showcasing the music he puts together whenever time allows at home in Brooklyn. For a number of years now his low-key releases have paid witness to a pleasant enough selection of crepuscular ambient sketches, nods towards insular folk melodies and twinges of contemporary electronics that draw from glitch and other such microtonal worlds. Replete with snatched voices occasionally wafting in and out, the seven cuts here are healthily balanced between being unsettling and soothing, which, given the theme of disaster stories behind the proceedings, was doubtlessly the intent. Since this album there have been at least a couple more released. Worth investigating. RJ.