The best music paints pictures, acts like a virtual and instantaneous set builder for a theatre act or suggests a scene from a film yet to be made. If this is the case then Resolution conjures a playground of dystopian hi-jinks, of night times on the decaying streets, of subversion and protest, of industrial wastelands and underground nightclubs, of shadows and neon, light and shade taken to it’s extremes. It is the collision point of the sound of brutal industrial machinations and transient, clinical digital languages, the distant humming of the modern world and the poetry of decay. It is a distant, disembodied opera, which echoes from our technology reflecting the detachment and unease of the world around us.
It is easy to see where they come from, where some of their references lie, but the ability to shape those influences into new statements about the world they find themselves in and comment on where it may be heading is all you can ask of them.
At eight and a half minutes, Nej!las’ dark and creeping instrumental feels more like a soundtrack than a song, it broods and bruises and feels otherworldly or at least futuristic. Not all music needs to be friendly, resolved or positive and if you like music which puts you on edge, makes you think and takes you to other worlds, then this is as great and terrible as it gets.