Gizeh Records || FR
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A collective comprised of Parisian musicians and an Anglo-saxon poet and filmmaker, FareWell Poetry is a bold and electrifying project that combines performance film, musical experimentation (drone, post-rock, orchestrated minimalism) and spoken word poetry.
Situated somewhere between a sleep-starved Man Ray, the musical ventures of the Beat Generation poets, the visually flamboyant performances of Throbbing Gristle or the Velvet Underground and the feverous instrumental intensity of Constellation’s first releases, FareWell Poetry draws creative inspiration from a trance-like state and hungers for new boundaries to push back, new doors to open.
The band's richly arranged songs seek out subtle and luminous climaxes, the hypnotically simple melodies falling away like scaffolding to reveal a complex structure haunted by a sensual voice drumming out a dark poetry, echoes from a deep well. The super 8 and 16mm films that illustrate the soul of the project are rich with a chiaroscuro aesthetic, and have been likened to the work of great cinematic mythographers from David Lynch, to Maya Deren, Kenneth Anger and Jean Cocteau. Performing in festivals, movie theaters, concert halls, churches and collaborating with a wide range of guests from different musical backgrounds (Bérangère Maximin, Gaspar Claus, Christelle Lassort, David Moore, David Fenech, Richard Knox…), FareWell Poetry represents the pooled influences of its core members and passionate collaborators.
A first album 'Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite' was released on September 26th 2011 on Gizeh Records.
"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)
"Assurément l’un des disques les plus addictifs de la rentrée. Toxique. "
"More than mere music, ‘Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite’ is a truly breathtaking work." WHISPERIN & HOLLERIN 9/10
"Full of passion, conviction and musical expertise this is an awe-inspiring album that distinctly showcases the ambition of both the artists and the record label" TASTY 9/10
"Mur de son, mur d’images, Spector et spectres. Un album à peine et, pourtant, le voici déjà de ceux qui nous accompagneront longtemps. On le sent, on le sait." OBSKÜRE MAGAZINE 8.5/10