Life is full of tests. Many of them are multiple choice. Others require a great deal more finesse. Not everybody gets it right the first time. Those that fail early succeed often. People who go through life without any failures never really risked anything. For those people there are lots of difficulties as they realize they kept on taking the easy way out until there are no more paths to choose. Stuck due to their unease with risk they find themselves alone while others, those willing to fail, succeed much later on further down the path. Insecurities arise from the small successes in life as people openly wonder how much longer they can get away with it before they have to be honest with themselves.
Trips try even the heartiest folks. Various destinations try to celebrate their laid-back lifestyles. Yet usually the most laid-back option anybody can take is to simply stay at home. Movement requires a degree of planning. Ever since people decided they wanted to separate themselves with different countries moving the continents away to get nice beachfront properties, people have been fairly miserable. One day the Earth will decide the separation has been enough and will create a Pangea. Until such time people look longing across the seas hoping to discover new lands with the acknowledgement that everything on the map has already been discovered.
Carnivals work to help people escape their realities. Nobody can live in a surreal landscape at least not for long. Even the most distant individuals those who have successfully rented out the space in their own head know at some point they need to interact with the rest of humanity. While they rarely if ever look forward to it they know they need to brace themselves. The devil is in the details which is why most people are not detail-orientated. By letting the devil handle the small details the big picture is easier to see. Filtering out the negative aspects in life is a must for there can be too much information at times to successfully handle. Instead what happens is any person realizes what can be ignored and what is pressing. For millions of people that process takes far longer than they are willing to admit. Such things occur with great frequency hoping that one day they will hear only what they need to hear not what they want to hear.
Bears need to be celebrated. Presidents have given their names to bears. Teddy Roosevelt used to hunt bears but upon discovering bears had children he refused to shoot the bears cubs. Such a kind gesture led him to introduce his own line of stuffed bears named “Teddy Bears”. With no actual resemblance to real bears he managed to do just fine. Royalties never went to Teddy Roosevelt for his teddy bears and he ended being okay with it. Other Presidents rarely had encounters with bears. Maybe Abraham Lincoln had bear connections, maybe he did not. All people know is Abraham Lincoln was a strong President and had he been a bear, he might have been a fine bear indeed.
Ghosts of the past and presents are well-acknowledged. Nobody stops to think of the future ghosts. Masters of time travel future ghosts try to go back in time to warn others of the terrible fate that might befall them. Every ghost comes in different shapes and sizes. Thankfully none of the ghosts manage to take up any room. One of the greatest ghostly benefits is being invisible. With this invisibility ghosts can live anywhere. Unrestricted by rents, neighborhoods, and size of the building ghosts tend to move to expensive neighborhoods with their ghost pals. Wealthy people dislike being bothered by the undead but it is the wealthy people that blew up and built mountains for the view. The living fails to realize how romantic ghosts can be. Most spend their entire lives trying to be affectionate towards each other only to perfect it in the afterlife when there is plenty of time to get everything right.
Metal is important to avoid. Metal has so many sub-genres even though it is basically the same loud thing over and over again. Skies are meant to be avoided on bad days when the sky cries something wet and something frozen. The truth needs to be told to the sky to get it to calm down that it is merely a season. Winter will end. April showers will bring beauty to the sky above and the sky works with the sun to bring new life to the Earth. Few bother telling the truth to the sky opting instead to curse it for months at a time. Flowers try to rise themselves to the Heavens. That is why people pick them from the ground to bring them a little bit closer. At least the trees are able to make it over the course of centuries they become a new sky.
Hanetration moves into the light with the “Murmurist EP”. The sound remains distinctly Hanetration’s territory: warped drone, glitches, found rhythms, and subtle melodies. Within this territory Hanetration’s music appears to be more at ease. Sounds have brightened up considerably since Hanetration’s last effort. As a result this is easily Hanetration’s most optimistic effort to date and perhaps the most heartfelt.
Music from a long thin distance defines the elongated opening of “Morning”. From various shifts and distortions the song eventually settles into an abstract rhythm towards the end with the glitch effects working to make the ending rather gentle. On “Begin” the song settles into a natural rhythm with the many glitch pieces working together to create a groove of sorts. Easily the best thing on the entire collection the song has a slight surf vibe to it, if surf music had been thrown into an unthinkable number of filters. There is something incredibly calming about “Begin” and its hypnotic repetition. “Wither” takes things into more naturalistic territory with clearly discernible environment noises adding a human touch to the delicate drones. Melodies are longing at first yet unlike Hanetration’s previous efforts he lets that longing end for the sweet release of the end where the many pieces are brought together to create a full picture of the sound.
For “Sundown” Hanetration ends things on a quiet ambient note with tribal aspects coming through with strange hesitant rhythm adding additional depth to the piece. Hanetration’s “Murmurist EP” is a true thing of unusual beauty.