With three weeks in the Official UK Charts since release, ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ reviews in the likes of The Scotsman, and after winning Presto Classical Editor's Choice, The Hermes Experiment add another accolade to their debut album's remarkable success after being named Gramophone Editor's Choice in September's issue.
Praise for this unique and compelling album of new commissions has been widespread, with The Guardian calling it "an imaginative first disc that mirrors our current musical landscape". BBC Radio 3's Andrew McGregor said on Record Review: "there are so many delights on this 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".
In Gramophone's crowning review, Pwyll ap Siôn writes:
"Rather like the underground laboratory wherein the eponymous scientific experiment took place, The Hermes Experiment’s calm exterior often hides a powerful force that darts about energetically beneath ... Surface and depth is one of many dualities that mark out the landscape of ‘Here We Are’, making it a rich and revealing musical journey"
With over sixty commissions to its credit after just six years of existence, The Hermes Experiment has already proved itself a force to be reckoned with in the creation and advocacy of new music.
Now, nine of those commissions are brought together on the ensemble’s debut album release, showcasing its deliberately idiosyncratic line-up of harp, clarinet, soprano and double bass in a compelling survey of styles and individual voices.