OF HOPE: FLEXIBLE RESPONSE
Embers, Then Ashes
America's New War
We Shall Never Surrender
Task Force Alpha
French label Hermetique have released some utterly compelling recordings
from Radiodrama and Post Scriptvm…not forgetting their Propergol
ties…wherefore art thou Clean-shaven & Un Dechainement re-releases?
Here’s another one to add to that list.
Dusk of Hope are a new French dark ambient act whose only previous output
was a track on the V/A compilation "Like Music to their Ears Vol
1". Their debut ten track release CD "Flexible Response"
comes packaged in a DVD case with assorted postcards and inlay cards showing
scenes from urban and industrial decay. The immaculate presentation emulates
the music that Dusk of Hope have recorded. Think of the touch of cold
concrete on the skin, of pylons rusting slowly before disintegrating,
of bricks shattered into dust, of a wasteland populated only by rats,
of the life sucked out of a once thriving community, of dead machines
long since abandoned, of mother nature clawing back what once was hers.
Armageddon time arrived too soo n. By using electronics and samples Dusk
of Hope presents this look into the future and it’s not a nice place
to be. The music hums and throbs with hisses of static flying through
the atmosphere. Mechanical looped noise sends patterns of freezing air
down the spine. A drum pattern emerges before being swallowed by clanking
and shrieking pistons. Staying just outside of the power noise genre "Flexible
Response" is a black ambient / experimental work of beautiful wonder.
The hypnotic rhythms belie the gradually increasing tension that ominously
surrounds and encompasses all the pieces.
Dusk of Hope state that "Flexible Response" is "Your Past
- Our Present" and their vision is of a world in perpetual decay.
Music that can conjure up such images so comprehensively shouldn’t
be ignored and justifies your immediate attention. The future definitely
looks bright for Dusk of Hope.
Of Hope] / [Hermetique]