Delicate Power (In The Hands Of Others) is the second single to be taken from Antonymes’ latest album (For Now We See) Through A Glass Dimly. The track showcases Antonymes deft musical skills with its restrained rhythms infusing the melodies with a gravitas that is at once warmly human and gravely austere.
The hypnotic rhythmic underpinning of Delicate Power has invited five magical re-workings on this EP, each with its own subtle majesty. Marconi Union tease the original into a beautifully orchestrated anti-gravity ballad. Markus Mehr’s inimitable skills for re-invention have helped him to create a brooding version that draws heavily on the original’s rhythmic details. Lvmark’s reinterpretation foregrounds the melodic elements of the original, wedded to gently pulsing electronica. Alongside these three guest remixes, there are two reworkings from Antonymes himself: Delicate Power’ (Waltz For Mary Anne) transforms the original into a beautiful, late-night swing, and Delicate Power (Jung’s Drug Drum Waltz) lives up to the promise of its title with more heft to its woody rhythms.
Directed, filmed and edited by David O'Byrne at Chasing Light, with additional footage by Ian M Hazeldine. All shot on location in an abandoned chapel in Wales, May 2016.
Released digitally on all major platforms 31st May 20016.
Tags: Antonymes Hidden Shoal Marconii Union Markus Mehr Lvmark Piano Modern Classical Neo Classical Ambient
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Taken from my new album "There Can Be No True Beauty Without Decay" Order the CD here: antonymes.bandcamp.com/releases
In October 2013, Hibernate Records celebrate their 50th (HB50) catalogue release with "There Can Be No True Beauty Without Decay" by Antonymes. Hailing from Hawarden, a small village in North Wales, whose most famous inhabitant was William Ewart Gladstone, Hazeldine creates atmospheric melodies, using various pianos, celesta, strings, church organ and field recordings, and has had releases on Soundcolours, Cathedral Transmissions, Hidden Shoal, Time Released Sound and Rural Colours.
With a long standing interest in music making and active listening, Hazeldine works with any influences, from his surrounding landscape to the artists he has worked with. His compositions often take on a semi-improvised structure with accidental atmospheres used as a starting point. As well as his own projects, Hazeldine also works with Marconi Union’s Richard Talbot, under the name Prospector. He also works as a graphic designer, film maker and photographer, having art directed many of the Hibernate releases including our critically acclaimed vinyl series, and has worked with many other artists and labels including Facture, Field Rotation and Olan Mill.
In late 2009 Antonymes released ‘Beauty Becomes the Enemy of the Future’ on Cathedral Transmissions of which the CD is now unavailable. Since then he has revisited the album, which has culminated a new release, ‘There Can Be No True Beauty Without Decay’. Hazeldine’s own reworkings are intertwined with those of friends Ian Hawgood, Isnaj Dui, Offthesky, Field Rotation, Wil Bolton, Spheruleus and James Banbury to create an album of captivating melancholy and beauty. The guest reworkings venture into other, darker territories, where one might be harder pressed to identify the original material.
The sleeve features beautiful images of the North Wales landscape by Richard Outram. and text by Paul morley
Mastered by Jason Corder
Photography by Richard Outram and Ian M Hazeldine
Text by Paul Morley
Art Direction by Ian M Hazeldine
Released 28th October 2013 on limited edition CD.
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