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SEAN ADDICOTT ‘Destroyertones’

Jul 22, 2022 | Experimental, Reviews

Destroyertones whispers, roars, and screams at the sun

Music and images can become intrinsically linked. Have you ever tried watching a beloved film with an alternative soundtrack? Most disturbing. For us, having attended the Destroyertones immersive exhibition, it’s unlikely we can ever prise apart the mesmeric video and photography from Sean Addicott’s soundtrack. However, this was conceived many miles away whilst Sean was living in isolation, as he is clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid. The bulk of the music here emerged from experimental sessions whilst loneliness and uncertainly were ever present. Understandably, Sean dedicated the project to “those of us who have spent the last two and half years screaming at the sun.”

Destroyertones builds from a calming whisper to a roar. You may feel like you are held in the arms of a protracted Mogwai coda, or being thrown around by icy winds in a frigid wasteland. Somehow, though, there’s reassurance at its heart. And, as we watched the flickering serene images of the exhibition, we were hit by an overwhelming sense we’d come home.

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