Northaunt - In The Midst of Life, We Are In Death
Objective-Subjective is putting together a 12-issue run of mini-CDs that pay homage toand find inspiration in Alan Moore's The Watchmen graphic novel. Each mini-CD has a single chapter of the book as their anchor and Northaunt drew Chapter Two. Titled "In The Midst of Life, We Are In Death," Northaunt's contribution to the "Watchmen" series is frosted ambience, shot through with strands of darkness.
It is still early in the story, characters have been tantalizingly introduced and we are barely able to discern the larger canvas against which Moore is playing out his story. Northaunt approaches his chapter with this same caution, showing us just the edges of the rougher world, allowing us just a peak or two beneath the broad skirt of stars which cover the slumbering world. Voices come and go, pale conversations with no antecedents and no conclusions. Mechanical devices rumble and chatter; these are the machines which drive the world and, even as we sleep, they continue their long-forgotten functions. Cavernous echoes moan and drone across a backdrop of a polar wind that is curling ice around the foundations of the world.
The single track is titled "Autumn Cold, Rain From The Stars" and it hovers on the edge of a bleak night. Heavily remixed down from a thirty-six minute piece, "Autumn Cold, Rain From The Stars" is a dense piece of dark ambience, filled with ominous promises and resigned apprehension. Reminiscent of Darrin Verhagen's Soft Ash record and some of Lustmord's more organic work, Northaunt's contribution to the "Watchmen" series is a gentle introduction to the chaos and magic that is yet to come. Excellent.
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