Album of the Week: ALL HANDS_MAKE LIGHT | “Darling The Dawn”

Blurring the lines between noise and ecstasy,  ALL HANDS_MAKE LIGHT’s debut album “Darling The Dawn”, released on Constellation Records last month, is a trip(py) worth taking.

ALL HANDS_MAKE LIGHT is duo Ariel Engle (La Force, Patrick Watson, Broken Social Scene) and Efrim Manuel Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion) with a pair of “Blessed guests”: Liam O’Neill on drums and Jessica Moss on violin.

From the liner notes:

“Darling The Dawn” is a spellbinding album of preternaturally genre-bending sonics and songwriting: a sort of electronic shoegaze suffused with freak-folk, kosmische, darkwave and post-industrial, flowing from ambient minimalism to pulsing maximalism, conjuring traditionals sung in the haze of earliest light accompanied by overdriven circuit boards powered with ungrounded wires.

Trippy, mesmerizing, primordial.

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” Emily Dickinson