Listening to the melodic first track, â€œHer Tears Are The Footsteps Of Angelsâ€, one distinctly gets the impression that Angesl And Demons, Space And Time may be a bedroom pop album. After all, Hypatia Lake did release through Sad Robot Records, brief home to Carissaâ€™s Wierd. But â€œA Plea To Remielâ€ distills that thought outright; guitars grow with a hefty post-rock, noisy intensity.
Yet as Hypatia Lake begins â€œAs The Hourglass Emptiesâ€, the volume is once again soft and dreamy. This back and forth continues throughout Angels And Demons. Hypatia Lake is not necessarily shoegaze, but they certainly own up to some of that subgenreâ€™s sensibilities.
â€œJeremiah, Close Your Eyes Nowâ€ also begins on a soft note; the song has a startling similarity to â€œHouse Of The Rising Sunâ€ in both vocal pattern and chord progression. Despite these commonalities, the song proves to be one of the stronger on the albumâ€”it comes in somewhere between the song The Animals made popular and the more loved tunes of Black Heart Procession.
Hidden in the songs is a supernatural element not common throughout independent music of this nature. You can see it in the titles, the mentions of â€œJeremiahâ€ and â€œLuciferâ€, of â€œOrionâ€ and â€œRemielâ€. A deeper look behind these names will eventually shed light on the music of Hypatia Lake. For example, Remiel is the sixth leader mentioned in the Book of Enoch and, literally, means Thunder of God; not surprising as the song itself is thunderous and loud. Furthermore, the name Hypatia refers to what many consider the first woman in Mathematics, so it’s no surprise that much of Hypatia Lake’s music surrounds various historical items and events — both mythical and not.
Hypatia Lake is at their best in their softer, more subdued moments. Those early songs prove that, along with the loud â€œOf Brains And Starsâ€, whose placement in Angels And Demons comes off as awkward and uneasy. In fact, neither â€œOf Brains And Starsâ€ nor â€œThe Metaphysicianâ€™s Requestâ€ live up to the quality of those early tracks.
But â€œThe Space That Defines Itselfâ€ resurrects Hypatia Lake with an experimental post-rock-y instrumental that could match â€œRemielâ€ in volume and its follow-up in â€œUpon Their Meeting, They Embracedâ€ is filled with a similar level of distorted space-y-ness. Structure returns in â€œThe Lucifer Rebellionâ€, oddly enough, but recedes back into space-ridden oblivion to close out the final track a few songs later, making Angels And Demons a bit disjointed, but a wild ride that will leave you satiated nonetheless.
Hypatia Lake: Jeremiah, Close Your Eyes Now
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Hypatia Lake is currently touring the Northwest. Here are the datesâ€¦ all goes well, Iâ€™ll be catching one of the Seattle shows.
8.28: The Brick Saloon (Rosalyn, WA)
9.02: Nectar (Seattle, WA)
9.06: Fez Ballroom (Portland, OR)
9.26: The Comet (Seattle, WA)
1. Her Tears Are The Footsteps Of Angels
2. A Plea To Remiel
3. As The Hourglass Empties
4. Jeremiah, Close Your Eyes Now
5. Of Brains And Stars
6. The Metaphysicianâ€™s Request
7. The Space That Defines Itself
8. Upon Their Meeting, They Embrace
9. The Lucifer Rebellion
10. The Generalâ€™s Gleaming Edge
11. The Patterns Of Orion