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Wonderment by The Hermit

Listening to Hamish Thompson’s new album for the first time is much like seeing Pink Floyd perform live - you never know what to expect. Unlike the first album which was a pure solo effort by Thompson, Wonderment is performed with "Hermit" bandmates and guests wielding an array of vocalization and instruments, often times taking on unusual items such as triangles and toaster ovens. The mostly electric/eclectic sound of the album is held together by the creative tone of the compositions, the variety of instruments utilized, and remarkably accented by all of the guest vocalists involved (Martina Sorbara, Shelly Campbell, among others). The harmonies are catchy (Wonderment, Sir Real), the production is decent (although the vocals could have been more sonically comparative to the instruments), and overall, the album seems to be well-accepted by even the electro skeptical.

"Electro-pop for the people" is the only way to describe Wonderment, and the people seem to be listening. In 2005, the label collaborated with Sony Media to produce a remix contest on their remix website. Several hundred remixes were submitted over the course of forty-five days and the contest was a success. The album still continues to sell well for Nettwerk.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: The Hermit
  • CD Title: Wonderment
  • Genre: Electronica
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Nettwerk
  • Rating: Four Stars
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