While Halma have leaned far out of the window on their predecessor album Granular, in fact so far
and wide that comet Tschurjumow-Gerassimenko came into view, Halma are now digging into the
depths of the world with their new recording The Ground.
Whirlpools of crystals drill into the ground, it grinds and flows, carbon becomes diamonds. On The
Ground the band drives six new tracks with racing drill deep into our consciousness. Halma turn
around mountain tops, they flow back into the depths, like mountains from below. The band seems
to know the old mountaineering wisdom that Gipfelglück is indeed dangerous; and so the German
quartet proves that they are stable on their feet and manage the descent into the abysmal regions
with sovereign elegance. It is admirable how much attention Halma can pay to paths, tracks and
marks in detrital.
Hiker: Paths are created where you walk them, and in low altitudes one is at home, and in deep
substance Halma is at home.