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failing lights - dawn undefeated (12inch vinyl lp)

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ARTIST // failing lights
LABEL // dekorder (de)
CAT // dek063lp


I'll confess to never being totally bowled over by Failing Lights. Much of the project's output has felt like post-Wolf Eyes muck to me, possessing neither the frenetic, punk-informed energy of Hair Police (Mike Connelly's primary project) or the highly detailed electronic bewilderment of frequent collaborator Robert Beatty's Three Legged Race. However, with the release of a self-titled album on Intransitive Records in 2010, I began to second guess my initial appraisal. That album was possessing of a delicacy and tact that I hadn't previously associated with the project. I was intrigued then at the prospect of a new Failing Lights album for the Dekorder label, a quite curatorially consistent imprint, in my estimation. "Dawn Undefeated" is a focused affair, full of analog processing, chiming tones, pianos and tortured strings. Only briefly does it flirt with the type of crumbling, murky sound design that I'd previously associated with the project. The B-side in particular, a long suite of dynamic and engaging drones, twinkling keys and modulating static, proves well worth a listen. - Alex Cobb, Experimedia
Failing Lights self-titled album on Intransitive Recordings marked a turning point in Noise Music's one-way street of loudness, aggression and primal chaos; a tendency that can also be detected in the recent solo and duo output by his bandmates Nate Young and John Olson (Regression, Stare Case, et al) and the latest albums by contemporaries like John Wiese and Spencer Yeh. As Marc Masters observed in Pitchfork: “If this is a trend, pinpointing when it began is probably impossible. But for me one record could be a small but vital starting point. In 2010, Wolf Eyes & Hair Police member Mike Connelly put out his first official solo full-length as Failing Lights. It's a masterwork of dark silences and tantalizing restraint. If there's something calming the noise waters lately, Failing Lights was a first drop in that direction." On his new vinyl-only release (his first for the Dekorder label) Connelly is further refining his intense and gloomy minimalism. Marc Masters: “The newest Failing Lights album, Dawn Undefeated, may be Connelly's best yet. With mostly guitar and electronics, he doles out sharp repetitions, distant reverberations, and straight-up noise. Together they flow into a wordless narrative....." For maximum fidelity and volume the record is cut at 45rpm by Rashad Becker at Dubplates&Mastering but it is supposed to be playable at any speed.