Several new releases from ambient label Hypnos are reviewed.
The Hypnos label is well known among ambient music fans for a long string of high quality releases stretching back over the last ten years. Artists on the Hypnos roster include some of the most respected ambienteers, including Robert Rich, Jeff Pearce, Vidna Obmana and Jeff Greinke, in addition to the label boss M. Griffin. In 2005 Griffin accelerated the Hypnos release schedule and started a sub label, Hypnos Secret Sounds, which releases slightly more esoteric music on limited edition CD-Rs, with runs generally in the 200-300 range. The sub label remains successful, and there are almost two dozen Secret Sounds releases to date, including the first two albums discussed here.