While I find it almost impossible not to like this album, I find it equally difficult to explain why anyone else should give it the time of day. And therein lies its appeal: in its softly-swelling generative glissandos, in its electro-glitch tomfoolery, it is virtually inscrutable. Hold it up to the light, peer at it for closer inspection and you'll find light refracts from its surface at oblique angles, making it impossible to see clearly, to appraise, to comprehend. I can't remember the last time I 'heard' an actual, honest-to-goodness Ambient album, but ladies and germs: we have a contender. If Eno and friends were ever to reconvene that classic series, I would have no hesitation in nominating this album for "Ambient 5: Silent Vaguely Nostalgic Abstract Super-8 Movies On Sunday Afternoons In Autumn", or similar.
Christopher Hipgrave is a composer, sound designer and software programmer who is "predominantly focused on the field of algorithmic composition, sonification, artificial life and interactive music systems". "Day" is his colourful, fractally-melodic digital microsound kaleidoscope. When your ears and|or head are too waery for a Fennesz, or a Tim Hecker, or a Rosy Parlane.. for a Lawrence English or a Fabio Orsi, even.. perhaps to this gently soothing, calming micro-chasmic clickery and hi-freq tinkle is where you must turn. Utterly unengrossing, utterly unengaging, and quite, quite lovely. 7/10 -- Young Savage (7 October, 2009)