Wow, this record?s title is really, really appropriate. Hypnagogia is the period before falling asleep, or waking from sleep, when a person is alert to their bodily senses but still half in the land of sleep. During hypnagogia is pretty much the only time you?d want to hear this record from Stormhat, lovely as much of it is. During your primo waking hours this would either fade into the background or make you too dreamily lethargic to do anything.
This album is mostly composed of glassy fragile drones (probably digital in source) and disembodied ether sounds (field recordings). Some of the sounds are otherworldly for sure, but they are never eerie or dissonant enough to shake you out of your hypnagogic dream world. In fact, this whole albums seems geared to giving you sweet dreams populated by odd flora and distant pipers.
I can only hope this record is playing in your headphones next time you find yourself falling asleep in garden bed. 7/10 -- Cola Nitida (20 February, 2007)