Excellent review of "Home" on Tokafi.com

"Life is to travel and traveling is living", Heine Christensen postulates in the short introduction to this, his second album. The absoluteness of the statement is the result of spending years in between, the reflective tone of the work the outcome of shuttling between Copenhagen and Barcelona, a lifetime of soul-searching compressed into sixty-two minutes of music. Although Home deals with life on the road and its titles openly refer to specific places in Denmark and Spain, it is neither an acoustic diary, nor a trophy hunt for sonic memorabilia. In stark contrast with the typical 'world music explorer', Christensen isn't looking for the otherness of foreign places, for 'exotic' sounds or emblematic field recordings – he is looking for himself. Accordingly, the album is all about tiny details and subtle gestures, comprising of coded messages which can only be decrypted by the initiated or empathetic. It also explains why the reticent, almost weightless beats underlying these delicate, guitar-driven electronica compositions sound as though they'd been carved straight into the texture of the tracks: Clearly to someone who's spent a long time without a fixed center, the intricate connections between seemingly unrelated things are becoming clearly apparent. Minute attention is awarded to frequencies and sound sculpting and listening to the music as a low-resolution MP3 would feel like an act of mutilation here. And yet, underneath these tactile operations, there's always an intuitively crafted song. Home is not a place, it is a feeling, it is about loving the everyday, about cherishing the little ups and down. If you think a road album ought to be more spectacular, extravagant or cinematic, perhaps you should close your web browser and leave the house for a change.

By Tobias Fischer