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Heinali and Matt Finney : Conjoined

You're invited by Heinali and Matt Finney to an atmospheric soothing journey...

Heinali and Matt Finney are a two guys who live far away from each other, one being Ukrainian and the other living in the United States of America. They work together through the net, having never physically met, but sharing enough similar visions to have emerged as a real group. They have been signed by Paradigms, a small American label I knew for having produced one of the best Doom split ever: Sol vs Blodtrý in íOld Europa Death Chantsí. The packagings conceived by Paradigms are always quite light: a folded cover containing a cardboard sleeve protecting the cd. That release is no exception to the rule and it fits really well the musical aesthetics the band chose to devote it-self to.

The packaging is indeed as simple and ethereal as the music that duo plays. Eerie, aerial and meditative, the album combines Post-Rock-ish soaring atmospheres, ominous droning waves and avant-music spoken lines. The band explores a moody territory where intimate thoughts approach gigantic proportions. You canít help having the feeling of dealing with some sort of intellectual music; it is very introspective, the speaking voice uttering whispered, disembodied words floating on thick buzzing magmatic sound waves, stretched till the point of rupture, sounds as if recitating the pages of a very personal diary. The music is strange and disturbing. The powerful orchestration has a dark edge, it works as a vacuum where your own mind can be let drifting away: it is relaxing, soothing and bears also the light scars of a wounded psyche.

The tracks swell into vast evocative epic poems, turning loose clouds of thick mist. The music is hypnotic and immaterial whereas the voice tries to keep the whole atmospheric edifice onto a more human ground. Those monotonous recitatives are yet just like the last fading trace of a soul, the shadow of a souvenir and nothing really still bears a human face.

Heinali And Matt Finney arenít unique. Iíve occasionally heard some other projects habouring the same visions (Sabazius, Methadrone, Echoes of Yul, etc...). But by no means it fails in conjuring the right moods, the accurate threatening maelstrom in which any Drone fan likes to get lost. The band can carry you away in an erratic un-technical but really emotional journey that holds enough seducing features to grant the 33 minute EP a high replay value.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1.A Chant
2.Under Godís Heaven
6.The Sun Will Rise Yet We Wonít Be Here

Duration : Approx. 33 minutes

Visit the Heinali and Matt Finney bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-07-18 by Bertrand Marchal
Hate Your Guts Records
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