8/10 Brian Staff review, 30 November 2012
We've supported this Londoner since we stocked his first ever hand-assembled CDr way back in the mists of 2008. Ben Chatwin he goes by the name of when in the company of his relatives but to us he is Talvihorros which sounds like it could be either a mythical creature, a womanising superhero or a South American fast-food chain. On a major post-rock behemoth now, Denovali, this unassuming young chap creates dense walls of neoclassical grandeur/ambient freeform rock/granular sound art and astral noise. 'And It Was So' begins with this brooding, colossal soaring epic that strays way past the ten minute mark. 'Let There Be Light' has a funereal pace yet is far from being simply miserable. It is a powerful stately slab of crushing chamber-rock with some glorious strings, a genuine call-to-arms that is as tender and monolithic as it is dense and imposing.
I find it quite difficult to specify certain key elements within the music here as this is largely comprised of expertly layered, cerebrally gratifying sound-scapery. There is a track called 'The Two Great Lights' which has a lovely dystopian Carpenter-esque electronic loop running below this gargantuan fog of filthy encroaching noise, an avalanche of impermeable malevolent sound that eventually smothers the track by its climax. I wish to play that on repeat for the next hour but, as always, I'm terribly behind with my work today so I'll have to wait until I've posted the remainder of my weekly write-ups before I can revisit this amazing piece. I'll happily say this is the most satisfying release I've heard on Denovali. It's a record rich in powerful sonic exploration that carries a sense of both hope and foreboding. Turn this up loud and get swallowed up by this mountainous cosmic noise, you will thank me, I'm sure.
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