“The debut LP from the drone wave/shoegaze project by Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Efrim Manuel Menuck and la Force’s Ariel Engle.”

ALL HANDS_MAKE LIGHT, Darling the Dawn (Constellation)

This is the debut LP from drone wave/shoegaze project ALL HANDS_MAKE LIGHT, feat. veteran musicians Efrim Manuel Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra) and Ariel Engle (Broken Social Scene, la Force). Before this debut LP, we got a self-titled cassette release of modular synth/noise madness from Efrim, complemented by Ariel’s enchanting vocals. This new LP, Darling the Dawn, is a more cohesive effort with all the synth drone greatness intact, but with a fully framed lyrical concept behind it. The idea is to have a body of work conveying the calm and heavy side of the dawn, or the first light we all experience as human beings on a daily basis. These experiences are painted through noise and almost mantra-esque chants. I’d recommend playing this blissful album front-to-back in one sitting, and loud. 9/10 Trial Track: “Anchor”

“Anchor” by ALL HANDS_MAKE LIGHT, from Darling the Dawn

For more on ALL HANDS_MAKE LIGHT, please visit the band’s Constellation Records page.

This review was originally published in the April issue of Cult MTL.

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