'Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite' was recorded and mixed between Paris, Normandy (FR) and Saint-Margaret of Antioch Church in Leeds (UK), these four haunting orchestral pieces were performed in the studio live, and re-recorded using a 'wall of sound' process, adding the natural reverb of the church to the raw tracks.
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The DVD includes the Super 8/16mm black&white film 'As True As Troilus' by Jayne Amara Ross & a bonus live performance shot by Alain Grodard & Rod Maurice during the 'Festival des Nouveaux Arts Sacres' at Saint-Eustache Church in Paris.
"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)
“a distinctive identity in a somewhat crowded scene of post-rock/shoegaze/modern orchestral instrumentalists.” FLUID RADIO
“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
"atmospheric, noir-ish compositions paired perfectly with spoken-word enunciations. An arresting album, and that only whets the appetite for their live shows." ROCK-A-ROLLA
released September 26, 2011
Frederic D. Oberland / electric guitar, autoharp, field recordings, music box, fender rhodes, pin piano, hammond organ, crystal glass.
Jayne Amara Ross / poetry, Super 8 & 16 mm hand processed films, tape recorder.
Eat Gas / electric guitar & bass, harmonic pipe, glockenspiel, baritone, pin piano.
Colin Johnco / machines.
Stanislas Grimbert / drums & percussions, glockenspiel.
Gaspar Claus / cello.
Christelle Lassort / violin.
Uspudo / trumpet.
Dave Olliffe / electric guitar.
Original drawings by Alice Lewis.
Graphic design by David Bart.
Film stills by Jayne Amara Ross.