An in-demand Danish session musician based in London, Henrik Irgens Jorgenson played in George Martin’s backing band when the fifth Beatle was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006, while Martin’s son Giles mixed this album. The chisel-cheekboned Dane also appeared briefly in Run, Fatboy, Run and was David Tennant’s double in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. None of which is at all relevant to consideration of this record, which was recorded in fits and starts over two years, mostly in his bedroom but with the help of others including Thorunn Antonia Magnusdottir, the singer with Fields.
Faction kicks off with ‘Hey Ho!’, which is pure floaty, ethereal Sigur Ros soundtrack music. That represents one half of the album, together with ‘10 Seconds’, an 8-minute whiteout of ambient noise, and ‘Carmex’, which features a fog of synthesised noise and something called “plinky-tronics”. The other half sets a course for mildly downbeat Elliott Smith territory, staked out by lines like “I want you to believe in me” and the radio-friendly singer-songwriter fare of ‘Try Me’. Both strands come together on the best track, the delicately melodic and slow burning ‘This Time’, sounding like a slightly more ambient version of Maps. Henrik calls it “discreet music” and while certain songs make a good impression, it can be a little too tentative for its own good. Someone should tell him that “wallpaper music” isn’t really a complement.