This music is dangerous. Deep emotional wounds often need to be reopened and scarped in order to have a shot at healing. Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite invites us to pass through the raging fire so that we might stand on the ravaged side, patting the flames on our singed clothes and glaring triumphantly at the monster that should have destroyed us. One of 2011's defining musical moments. Miss this at your peril.
THE SILENT BALLET 9/10 (album of the month)
Listening to Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite, one might also be reminded of The Velvet Underground performing at The Factory, with all of the visual spectacle attendant upon such a "happening," as one more precursor to FareWell Poetry. One shouldn't make too much of such references, however, as the mesmerizing Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite is radically unlike the material others before them have issued.
TEXTURA (album of the month)
Without a doubt one of the most addictive records of the year. Toxic.
More than mere music, "Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite" is a truly breathtaking work.
WHISPERIN & HOLLERIN 9/10
A wall of sound, a wall of images: Spector and spectres. A first and unique release and yet, one that will follow us, for a very long time. This feeling is potent, and obvious.
OBSKÜRE MAGAZINE 8,5/10
Impassioned poetry, monumental post-rock, medieval drone and crystalline arrangements are interwoven to produce a forty-minute experience that is both visceral and cerebral.
NEW NOISE MAG
Following in the tradition of great cinematic mythographers Jean Cocteau, Maya Deren, Kenneth Anger, Gregory Markopoulos, Etant Donnés but also David Lynch in Eraserhead, Jayne Amara Ross reworks the traditional iconography of the Fates and weaves an astonishing portrayal of the human condition. As True As Troilus is endowed with a poetic fullness, as assured in the (visual, written, musical) images themselves as Troilus is confident in Cressida. Such enchantment is born from this raw fullness: black loyal to white, a musical soundtrack loyal to the optical vibrations, a film loyal to a strange Elizabethan drama. Never 'tired with iteration', As True As Troilus becomes its own protagonist in the sense that it evolves into negativity and magnifies the vulnerability that results from a willing blindness. What madness. But the point here is to transmute this succession of images into psychic irradiance. A declaration of love.'
NICOLE BRENEZ (curator for the Avant-Garde programs at the Cinémathèque Française)
1. As True as Troilus 19'43
2. All in the Full, Indomitable Light of Hope (pt1) 6'16
3. All in the Full, Indomitable Light of Hope (pt2) 10'44
4. In Dreams Airlifted Out 3'31
Recorded and mixed between Paris, Normandy and Saint-Margaret of Antioch Church in Leeds, these four haunting orchestral pieces were performed in the studio live, and rerecorded using a 'wall of sound' process, adding the natural reverb of the church to the raw tracks.
• Deluxe LP includes 8 page booklet, 12"x12" exclusive art print on recycled board from Alice Lewis, three small art prints, postcard.
• CD (housed in a 6 panel digipack) + bonus DVD. Package includes an 8 page booklet.
The DVD includes the Super 8/16mm black&white film 'As True As Troilus' & a bonus live performance shot during the 'Festival des Nouveaux Arts Sacrés' at Saint-Eustache Church in Paris.
Original drawings by Alice Lewis / Graphic design by David Bart
DOWNLOAD THE POETRY (PDF)
'As True As Troilus'
'All in the Full, Indomitable Light of Hope'