Artist: Mike Connelly
Time: 60 min.
Style: Noise Experimental
"Failing Lights" is the solo project of Mike Connelly of "Wolf Eyes" and "Hair Police" and other musical projects such as: The Cove, Entry, Human Liberation Technology, Lasting Hunt, Mike Connelly, New Device, Stoning, Under Cloven Spell, Zombi, etc... all of them in noise music oriented. Apart he has his own label "Gods of Tundra" to distribute his works in any format (cd, cassette, lp) since 2000. I've always been fascinated by the fact that when you look at an object, you don't actually see it-- you see light the reflecting from it. In this sense, light is actually a sort of gatekeeper, hiding some parts of the world as it reveals others. Mike Connelly's music has a similar effect, which is why Failing Lights is the perfect name for his solo project. His sounds live in shadows, intermittently illuminated by flickering volume, then swept back into the dim recesses of his eerie atmospheres. In the process, Connelly is also a kind of gatekeeper, doling out glimpses of an elusive sonic whole. It's a method Connelly has honed in his two main groups, Wolf Eyes and Hair Police. Both are known for brutal noise, yet are also adept at using restraint to create tension. With Failing Lights, Connelly is more focused on the latter. Parts of Failing Lights (his first widely-available release after numerous low-run tapes and CD-R's) sound like the negative image of his bands, with noise flipped into quiet and echoes reversed into jolts. Bells chime and decay; rumbles evoke underwater transmissions; electronic slashes crackle like bugs hitting zappers. There are some stretches of dense cacophony, but even those feel shrouded and blurry. 8 / 10 (review By Marc Masters, 2010).
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