Hanetration – Ancients EP
Hanetration marries thumping industrial churn with beautiful classical undertones on the mystical “Ancients EP”. At times Hanetration references a little of Gas’s most recent work as the pieces share a similarly distant, unknowable quality to them. Melodies drift in and out of focus, allowing for the songs to evolve in a graceful manner. Over the course of the collection Hanetration chooses to detail with gorgeous tones a wonderful journey. Beats truly add to the overall spirit, for their inclusion allows a heart of sorts from which all else emerges. Throughout the trip Hanetration crafts soothing melodies, ones that feel graceful and positively timeless. Even at their absolute darkest Hanetration incorporates light to help fully balance the compositions.
Emerging out of an aural ooze “Water” gets consistently sharper while Hanetration sharpens the edges of the sound. Quite heavy indeed and requiring headphones the disorienting “Fire” offers an eerie trip as the swirling layers give it a dark, shoegazer vibe. By far the highlight of the collection comes from the bright sunny spirit of “Air”. Aptly named, Hanetration utilizes the spaciousness of the sounds to great effect. A murky dub-inflected groove takes hold on the Teutonic plate shifts of “Earth”. Perfectly concluding everything is the gentleness of “Aether”. Within this track Hanetration forgoes the heavy beats, instead going for a lighter touch to match the kinder pastoral quality of the drone.
On the “Ancients EP” Hanetration sculpts an emotionally arresting world, one that allows great swathes of beauty to come to the forefront.