Boomkat Product Review:
Divining a similar path to his Wolf Eyes bandmates' solo work, Mike Connolly follows the inverted trajectory of his self-titled Failing Lights album for Intransitive Recordings into the ominous interzones of 'Dawn Undefeated'. Replacing bombastic dynamism with a haptic sensitivity, Connolly sidesteps the oily modular synth globules of Young's 'Regression' series or Olson's opiated blues abstractions as Stare Case, presenting a nuanced, minimal and elemental sound located somewhere between sci-fi foley FX, lo-fi concrète and tone poetry. On his first Dekorder release he refines this gloomy aesthetic to an anxious, paranoid degree, using nerve-jangling guitar and electronics to create an unheimlich internal narrative. The sense of timing and space is key, from the seeping gasses of the titular opener, through the scuttling, prickly percussions of 'To Spring' and the sepulchral echoes of 'Clear Body At Dawn', and especially in the crumbling, layered arrangement of roiling guitar noise, zither and synth tones of closer 'Our Wild Flight'. RIYL Anworth Kirk, Ensemble Economique or Graham Lambkin.
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