The US multi-disciplinary artist Bryce Hample who performs musically as hedia released the one track plus a live version drone single wearedissolved yesterday.
Atypically of drone the song rather than being linear in structure is a series of, what are as described in the song title, dissolving pulses.
The studio version is of synthesised instrumentation which launches and builds in intensity prior to fading in to a paused silence before emitting once again – minding of a slowed rendition of a cardiac cycle waveform.
Typically of drone the pieces are not brief with the studio version running to a margin under twenty two and a half minutes.
The live version, lasting almost sixteen and three quarters minutes, which is my pick of the release – is played slightly more rapidly with the sharp edges of the bow clearly carving through the speakers adding an intensity which is not present otherwise. The more explicit fading to silence is however not as dramatic, making both (available on bandcamp) well worth investing the time to explore.
The first track to surface from the album (which is available through Denovali) Sisters – is an ambient flow of brooding and unstoppable dystopian ambience which fills the room with a palpable chill as it skitters between industrial havoc and grinding oppression, indicating of an album that will become an essential on the dark moments playlist.
Noire (available on bandcamp) whilst still of dark cloud, is of less dystopian menace than music previously featured.
The nine tracks are less compacted and resultingly afford for the listener to more readily explore the melodies and nuances of the roughly fifty six minutes album as the multifarious layering of electronica, synthesised instruments and vocal flows through the room.
The fourth composition and my pick of the release is the just over six minutes – They.