Our The Hermes Experiment debut album HERE WE ARE is OUT NOW on Delphian Records – available to stream / buy HERE.
‘distinctive, witty, arresting songs (…) An imaginative first disc that mirrors our current musical landscape‘ – Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
‘This British group have released a most enticing calling card, advertising the skills of individual musicians and the liveliness and variety of Britain’s composing scene (…) Héloïse Werner pounces on individual notes and words with a tiger’s tenacity and a kitten’s glee. The other musicians are equally crucial in the album’s tapestry of sounds: the harpist Anne Denholm, marvellously incisive; Marianne Schofield, growling beautifully on the double-bass; Oliver Pashley, mercurial monarch of the clarinet (…) As for the music, nothing is arid, much is juicy … No part of this album slips into a rut; none of the music-making either‘ – The Times
‘witty and imaginative (…) joyous and heartbreaking‘ – The Guardian
‘as delightful an encounter as the ensemble is in real life (…) so many delights on their album, you never know what’s going to happen – it’s great hearing such a variety of composers finding interesting ways of using this ensemble’s unique resources (…) a uniquely engaging ensemble’ – Andrew McGregor, Record Review, BBC Radio 3
‘buzzing with invention and shimmering with colour‘ – Apple Music
‘The rather unusual combination of harp, clarinet, soprano and double bass proves to be quite astonishingly versatile on this rich, strange programme of new commissions by nine composers, Héloïse Werner’s pure soprano taking on an almost instrumental quality at times (though she’s no slouch with text either, particular in Errollyn Wallen’s rapid-fire gun gun gun). Josephine Stephenson’s Between the war and you packs a real emotional punch, and Giles Swayne’s French-language elegy to tinned sardines is another highlight.‘ – Presto Classical, Editor’s Choice July 2020