Antonymes ‎– Beauty Becomes The Enemy Of The Future (Special Edition)

Secondthought ‎– 2ND 001
CDr, Mini-Album, Repress, Limited Edition


1 My Salvation 3:06
2 They Have Not Seen The Stars 5:18
3 Pour Toujours Sans Espoir 3:05
4 Grotesquely Beautiful 3:45
5 The Measured Cadence 3:27
6 A Heart Filled With Emptiness 3:19
7 La Fin De Tout 2:59
8 No Dominion 12:43



Includes 1 additional track, No Dominion. Housed in an A5 clothbound photo album. Limited release of 30 copies. Sold out before release date.


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April 13, 2010
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Review from Fluid Radio, March 27, 2010.

Packages arrive through the post on a regular basis with regards to cd submissions for the Fluid playlists. This always excites me and sometimes I feel like the young child on Christmas morning eagerly waiting to find out what could possibly be inside…
This week however I had the luxury of opening a package that was ‘above the norm’ to say the least. Something that had so much attention to detail with regards to design, appearance, funcionality and of course, sound.

The package that I talk about is the upcoming limited edition photo book release of ‘Beauty Becomes The Enemy Of The Future’ by Ian Hazeldine, otherwise known as Antonymes.

On opening this gorgeous book I was immidiately struck by the personal hand written message from Ian on the inlay. Only a few words needed here instantly tapped into my deeper understanding of  what the artist wants to convey through this release, and his genuine love and passion for searching out and expressing experimental modern classical structures through both design and sound.  This message felt personal, and I was instantly drawn in to investigate further.

All this before we even get to the music! Now that is some treat, and like I mentioned at the beginning is most definitely ‘above the norm’ compared to my daily parcel openings.

On listening to the 8 tracks from the release I was immediately taken in by Ian’s artistic skills to orchestrate splendid patterns of sound that have a gentle theme running through each one in keeping with the design and feel of the whole project.

Nothing feels rushed here as gentle piano structures wash over the listener with such graceful ease. This music is uplifting, healing and deeply meditative, and you can’t help but sense some kind of emotional resonance with the artist as you ever so slowly journey through the listening experience.

In summary ‘Beauty Becomes The Enemy Of The Future’ is without doubt an exceptional release that manages to capture everything that is so special about experimental music, and is up there with the likes of Skelton for the message that the music conveys through both sound and design. 10/10