Album Review of Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate: Nostalgia for Infinity
Nostalgia for Infinity is a new album from the sparingly-named band Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate. From London in the UK, the band are led by singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer Malcolm Galloway and bassist/co-producer Mark Gatland, with flautist Kathryn Thomas. This looks to be their seventh release since 2012 and presents an ambient soundtrack with a nostalgic throwback feel to the prog folk rock of Pink Floyd or Mike Oldfield.
It’s easy to get lost in its soundscape of swirling hypnosis, and this musical drama provides a luxurious bedding for the vocals that gently scintillate and tease, leaving you in their enigmatic haze.
A complex score to an imagined movie which allows you to lay back, tune in, and drift with the ebb and flow of the enchanting musical waves.
At just over an hour long, you have to invest time to listen, and I recommend doing just that. Headphones on, chill out and listen to music like we used to, as it was intended to be listened to. No shuffle play and media swirling distractions. Listen from start to finish. That is, after all, how the artist intended you to experience their work, and great, enjoyable musical reward will be yours.
Here at the Blog, we often like to list upcoming tour dates at the end of reviews. That’s more challenging during this pandemic, but if you look at the “Gigs” page on the band’s website, you’ll see the HRH Prog X concert at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London is still scheduled for October 27 and 28, 2020. The band’s Songkick website also still lists a November 11th show with Blank Manuskript at The Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden and HRH Prog XI at O2 Academy Leeds on April 3 and 4, 2021.