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Review: 'FareWell Poetry'
'Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite'   

-  Album: 'Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite' -  Label: 'Gizeh Records'
-  Genre: 'Post-Rock' -  Release Date: '26th September 2011'-  Catalogue No: 'GZH35'

Our Rating:
As a spoken word / performance poetry piece with a duration of almost twenty minutes, 'As True As Troilus' is richly atmospheric, and masterful work of brooding intensity. Initially hushed and intimate, Jayne Ross' diction clear and measured as she narrates with only the most minimal of instrumentation to supplement the mood, there are dramatic peaks and passages of majestic post-rock that are achingly beautiful. Then, from nowhere, all hell breaks loose and what begins as an immense, extended crescendo becomes a raging tumult that's utterly breathtaking. Amongst the swirling chaos, buried vocals register subliminally as though emitted from the underworld.

Muted scratches on strings and creeping ambience form Part 1 of 'All in the Full, Indominatable Light of Hope', while Jayne speaks in the hushed, detached monotone of a sleeper or one who is sedated or hypnotised that's simultaneously compelling and mildly unsettling. This segues into Part 2, which is nothing short of magnificent in scope, scale and sheer epic beauty.

This is more than mere music, though, and it doesn't require the film that accompanies 'As True as Troilus' to render the work of FareWell Poetry art. That said, the film is visually striking. A retelling of Chaucer's 'Troilus and Cressida', and shot on Super 8 and 16mm in stark black and white, it's the perfect marriage of sound and vision, and while the composition on the audio CD works perfectly on its own, with the painstakingly arranged visuals of the performance piece, it acquires a whole new dimension. Completed with some superb live footage, 'Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite' is a truly breathtaking work.

FareWell Poetry Online
  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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FareWell Poetry - Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite