7/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 30 October 2013
Ian M Hazeldine, a.k.a Antonymes revisits and reinterprets ‘Beauty Becomes The Enemy Of The Future’ (previously available on Cathedral Transmissions) with the help of guest contributors Ian Hawgood, Katie English, Jason Corder, Christoph Berg, Wil Bolton, Harry Towell and James Banbury. Oddly it’s not made clear what these guest contributions are and my memory of the original release is fuzzy at best but the artists are credited with re-imagining the original pieces so I’m gonna loosely call this a remix album, which is probably quite removed from the truth.
As with ‘Beauty Becomes...’ ‘There Can Be No True Beauty...’ is best enjoyed in quiet isolation and contains delicate ambient pieces composed primarily for piano with the addition of celesta, church organ, strings and field recordings. It’s an all consuming work that brings to mind the kind of epic barren landscapes you’d associate with Hazeldine’s artwork for both his own releases and the likes of Olan Mill and Field Rotation. It could be argued that ‘There Can be No True Beauty...’ is pretty bleak but, to me, it sounds contemplative, euphoric and completely at peace with itself.
8/10 Chris Dearle Customer review, 2nd January 2014
Minimalistic and melancholic. An album filled with delicate piano and peaceful strings, punctuated from time to time by bass and field recordings. This is a re-imagining of Antonymes' previous 'Beauty Becomes The Enemy Of The Future'. It features Ian M. Hazeldine's reworkings from his original, 2009 album, as well as featuring contributions from a selection of guests/friends, putting their own spin on the various tracks. A gorgeous piece of work from the ever excellent Hibernate Recordings.
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