back in stock as of
january 4th, 2012
first in stock on
august 10th, 2010
|intransitive (usa) #int 036 cd|
failing lights “s/t” compact disc
- moon on the first hunt (2:25)
- revealing scene (6:18)
- serve in silence (6:37)
- telling artifacts (4:40)
- the comfort zone (18:32)
|august 2010 release ; here’s one i’ve been waiting on for ages (or at least as long as it’s been seen howie told me was doing it) :: the intransitive debut of wolf eyes / hair police member mike connelly’s failing lights project !!!|
mike’s issued a steady stream of excellent cassettes (largely via his own gods of tundra label) over the past five years, but it wasn’t until he foisted a few copies of the “a cruel picture” 3-disc box upon us back in 2008 that it really clicked for me :: this wasn’t a set of grimy, sewer-escaping sludge but in fact a rather subtle set of chiming minimalism, forged with the same nuance (albeit rendered in far crispier fidelities) as travellers like yoshi wada & charlemagne palestine ...
lo & behold, this disc continues on where “cruel” left off ; offering an uninterrupted chunk of minimal crackle, hissy vocal filigree, ring-modulated guitar klang, and tape-mangled bells, all ebbing & flowing throughout like characters in an altman movie, culminating in one hell of a rising organ drone ...
i, too (much like steve, dom, and ... henry ... below) hear this as the crown jewel in mike’s extensive discography ... highly recommended !!!
ps. i’ve put up an extra-long sound-sample of the piece/disc’s triumphant final section as it’s a gorgeous slow-burner whose subtleties would be lost on a regular 2-minute job ... enjoy !!!
|intransitive press release...|
int036 failing lights cd
|mike connelly's failing lights cd is a deep trip into darkness, density and dimension. this work is not random noise. connelly is able to bend sound and texture at will, with a great deal of control. he sculpts huge amounts of space and intensity with a great deal of grip. really good!|
- henry rollins
|with the first full-length cd of failing lights, mike connelly melds his diverse and obscure personal musical interests into one inspirational album. patience. minimalism. refinement. restraint. filthy dirty home recording, executed with the cutting skill of a sound-art composer and the heart of folk music. an amazing album, by far his best!|
- dominick fernow, prurient
|never before has the solo force of mike connelly been so clearly on display. failing lights is a dark necessity, an important document from one of underground music's most important figures.|
- steve lowenthal
an evocative work of bleak electronic atmosphere and suffocating dread, failing lights is the intensely personal vision of michigan (via lexington, ky) artist mike connelly. while he has toured the world as 1/3 of legendary industrial/noise units hair police and wolf eyes, connelly spends his days crafting a much different sound on his own. under the failing lights flag, he has selfpublished a nearly uncountable number of cassettes and cdrs of rough drones, detuned improvised grit and unstable acoustics in tiny editions that quickly vanish into collector-land. intransitive is proud to present the defining – and first widely available – failing lights statement, an album of sinewy horror with a fine-tuned beauty within its darkness.
a single piece in five sections, failing lights begins with disquietingly barren negative space. as the album creeps forward, it steadily dispenses sheets of diffuse throat-scratch and skittering strings, culminating in a blast of molten organ. not noise, ambient, improv, black metal, or anything else: this is failing lights .
available august, 2010. edition of 1000, in shrink-wrapped jewel case featuring full color artwork by the artist.