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Thomas James White – Hiraeth

Thomas James White – Hiraeth

Hiraeth is one of these songs you listen to while working on something serious, and get motivated to work even harder. I warmly enjoyed the ambience and drones and found the melody to be a really nice surprise when it popped literally out of my speakers. What I really want to stress though, is the immaculate build-up of the song, it kept spiraling on and on. The piano-repeating melody while everything else kept evolving as the song escalated, gave me literally the chills. The production of the song is really nice too, all the sounds are carefully placed and the bottom end of the melody hit me right in the synesthetic stomach. I’m so happy to be able to listen to and review excellent music like this song from talented Thomas James White!


Hiraeth‘ is a Welsh word with no translation in English. It conveys a feeling of nostalgia, homesickness, and a distinct feeling of missing something irretrievably lost. An atmospheric forest of soft cello (recorded live by me) creates the sonic landscape. Longing and nostalgic piano then comes in before the track dies down and grows again for a meditative/ethereal climax, of cello, choir & synths… finishing with gentle piano reprise.

Thomas James White

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