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The Body & Braveyoung: Nothing Passes

Having performed together a number of times, Rhode Island's apocalyptic noise/doom duo The Body and North Carolina's orchestral/drone rock harbingers Braveyoung have collaborated to bring to the world Nothing Passes, four tracks of drone-infused explorations featuring vocal contributions from members of The Assembly Of Light Choir. 'Song One' is a cascading, discordant drone whose sombre tones are joined by haunting orchestral sounds that clash, embrace, and interweave with the dense soundscape. The chimes and choral voices that open 'Song 2' are chilling, the rumbling bass swells and the intense track evolves into an apocalyptic march into the parched, burnt and dry oasis of the barren middle section. With the re-emergence of the march, a desperate call from some distant, sunken place appears before collapsing into the cascading dust of feedback that ends the track. The chimes of 'Song 2' resurface against the drone that underscores 'Nothing Passes', an ominous track that, midway, transforms into something completely different, something light, airy, something beautifully indescribable. Track 4, a cover of Exuma's 'The Vision', may be a curious choice some may say, but its exultant tone is one of pure elation, spiritual even, feeling somehow like an epiphany. The female vocal is stunning, and carries such emotional weight that makes the piece even more poignant against the melancholy that pervades this collection. Even without this song, this release would've been good enough, but this track lifts it up from the portentous drones that provide the foundation for the other three tracks with an element of hope before fading back into the drone from which this creation arose. The cycle complete, Nothing Passes is a superb piece of work. Let's hope that Nothing Passes is not the last of their collaborations.

Track Listing:

  1. Song One
  2. Song 2
  3. Nothing Passes
  4. The Vision

Added: September 11th 2011
Reviewer: Jason Guest
Related Link: Record Label Website
Hits: 1992
Language: english

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