Life Toward Twilight We Waited For a Subtle
By Marcus Pan
Life Toward Twilight is a
post-industrial project from Detroit, started in 1999. Theyve appeared at
Detroits Movement Festival (2004) and Slave Indvstries BodyHammer
Festival (2000) as well as a few other one shot shows. Five CDs already, We
Waited For a Subtle Dawn their latest. The existence of Daniel
Tuttles previous project, Oguns Will, with seven years following in
the current incarnation of LTT shows a definite capability with LTTs sound.
Daniels music is matured, well crafted and certainly not amateurish by
Music on We Waited For a Subtle Dawn consists of well
played neo-classical movements with touches of dark ambient and interesting
arrangements. The subtle hidden voices in Time, she says
mixed with the watery background makes for a ghostly effect that, while
disturbing, I enjoy. Slight additions of ticking, breaking objects and such add
a storyline to Time, she says that moves the track along an
imaginary line of thought before it moves into a more computeresque frame of
thought. Nicely done.
The loping low tone sounds of Time, she
points again is minimal but brilliant, growing slowly as we progress.
Tracks like With Pins and Needles are pleasant, but breathe a darker
pact towards you. This oozing darkness permeates most of the latter half of
We Waited, sometimes with a natural bent and sometimes with a more
industrial soundscape. Reluctant Memories of Conquest is one of the
latter, a buzzing electronic signature that is only slightly modified by
Daniels skilled hands.
I love the use of tribal and classical drumming through In a
Chalice Shape and the way it will grow into climaxes at various points
through the piece, with the orchestration marching across the plains like an
approaching army. Years is a disturbing piece, strange calls in the dark from
fairies, goblins and wraiths.
The overall result of We Waited For a Subtle Dawn is
its skilled subtlety that tends to build and grow around you. Very well done,
minimal with talent Daniels quiet manipulations of the otherwise
simple pieces show his prowess at letting his music retain a natural feel most
of the time with a languid background style. Even the industrial pieces have an
as-is natural status to them that he only touches with slight
movements of sound.
Post: 158 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac, MI, 48342, USA