Deeply rooted in the soul of North Wales, (For Now We See) Through A Glass Dimly echoes and reverberates in and around the nestled villages, working its way through the tiny, crooked streams and the gently stirring brooks of shallow water. Past the twisted knots of the branches, so like a tangling of auburn hair, the music gently progresses into the woods. Musically vibrant, muscularly strong and fit, the music has a fiery power in its stirring string sections, which dynamically rise and then forge ahead like a thousand soldiers consumed in battle, as fierce as the flames of a dragon as its forks streak across the setting sun, matching up with the orb’s blood-orange colour, emerging from a time out of mind.
The music of Antonymes (Ian M. Hazeldine) has always reverberated with an inherent sadness, graced by a tinge of holiness. On his newest effort, this yearning tone is reflected by the title, a reference to the 13th Chapter of Corinthians: for now we see through a glass dimly, but then face to face. The passage refers to the sea of the unknown: questions unanswered, secrets unrevealed. An alternate translation reads a mirror darkly, referring to the imperfect, oxidized images of ancient glass. In short: if we cannot see ourselves clearly, how shall we manage to grasp the eternal?
Complex, refine, and devistatingly beautiful. Ian M Hazeldine returns to his earnest post (with the help of some friends) to deliver his most emotionally rewarding work yet…even if it’s unequivocally sad.
Trying to describe the album in all its apparently glory is a truly impossible feat, and to be honest, I’m not ever going to really attempt it. Instead, I’m simply going to strongly urge everyone who ever stumbles upon the work on Antonymes to dive headfirst into his work, because with ‘(For Now We See) Through A Glass Dimly’ there is no way you could ever be disappointed. 9/10
The fourth record under the alias Antonymes , Ian M. Hazeldine opens its exciting environment to a neo-classicism orchestral sharing dimension that belies the cliché solitaire similar artistic proposals.