This is Victory Over The Sun, a thrilling ambient journey crafted by Mark Harris & John. The duo ambitiously take their project to uncharted land - album closer Vortex, for example, is an immersive wall of distortion that becomes more aggressive and immediate, before spiralling off into oblivion...
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Yes mate: it’s time for a cute new edition from Little Crackd Rabbit, a label releasing adorable behemoths at a generous pace. ‘Victory Over the Sun’ was once the name of a Biffy Clyro song; the title now gets retooled for an ambient record that sounds like car wiper blades dealing with different volumes of rain. Mark Harris and the biblically monikered Philippe Gerber are responsible, and they spend the record scaling drones to their peaks.
The record’s title track shows a sort of clumsy dynamic reach in going from a patient, crystalline balance of textures into a furiously distorted climax, kinda like the beatless version of a post-rock grand finale or a black metal victory lap. Same as it ever was, the trick is revisited on “The Angry Moon”, whose emptying dark ambience is again rather transparently lifted, rather than calmly built to, with a dissonant fury as righteous as Wolves In the Throne Room.
It’s the moments where Harris and Gerber treat music as meditation, rather than approach it in narrative, that they do best: the languishing “Dead Stars” is a gorgeous piece with proper balance, never seceding to a climax and instead letting little guitar fragments bounce about with all the indifference of the world. With the typically massive backdrop of shifting ambient texture, it sounds like their stars are shining and fading in a time lapsed sky. “Requiem for the Lost” shimmers but resists drama, and in so doing it becomes the record’s most gorgeous moment, letting you take in its flourishes rather than having you taken away by them. A fine thing.
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