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Each release from enigmatic ambient producer Hanetration is a unique aural journey into a haunting realm, and on “Timelapse,” the listener is once again plunged headfirst into a new and fascinating journey. Upon first encounter with this EP, the first reaction should be that the album artwork is quite different from previous releases. This ties in with the fact that the music itself is actually a stylistic shift, now more sparse and organic sounding than ever before. Of course the oblique and melancholic tendencies of the former releases are still retained here quite well, but in a way that is more Earthly rather than celestial and Lovecraftian. Personally, this EP takes me to desolate autumnal lands where the trees sway without wind, and organisms remain in a perpetual state of paranoia and unease at what specters lurk below the superficial surface of reality. In the distance, decaying civilizations and crumbling urban environments are overrun by nature, and are forever shadowed by a mass of unruly foliage and fog
In these regards, one of the most interesting aspect of this release is that it starts off reminiscent of a more processed Hala Strana and progresses into darker, more Raime like territory. Picture if you will, the aftermath of Tomorrow’s Harvest, and that is what this EP sounds like. The contrast works incredibly well, reflective of a larger commentary upon the state of our existence. One part ominous, one part hypnagogic, and all around mystifying, “Timelapse” is a release that will surely be loved by all fans of atmospheric and heartfelt music. If you are in the mood for some mental travelling, I highly recommend taking a trip to “Timelapse.” Traveler beware, no other journey compares.