HEXA – “Factory Photographs”

HEXA Factory Floor

HEXA are Lawrence English & Jamie Stewart – they met in 2009 and initially bonded through a mutual admiration of affective sound; it wasn’t long before the pair of them were discussing a possible collaboration.

In 2015, Brisbane’s Gallery Of Modern Art presented David Lynch : Between Two Worlds, a major retrospective of Lynch’s works across painting, sculpture, installation and photography. To celebrate this retrospective the curator, José Da Silva (along with David Lynch & his studio) developed a number of commissions to coincide with the exhibition. This album is the result of one such commission.

HEXA Factory Floor
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So, what can you expect? “Machines and smoke and fear” essentially. Lynch grew up in the rural Northwest of the United States of America – there were no factories there at all.

Lynch cites: “To me, the ideal factory location has no real nature, except winter-dead black trees and oil-soaked earth. Time disappears when I’m shooting in a factory, it’s really beautiful.” This is exactly what HEXA have managed to capture in their album, Factory Pictures. A work that makes time stand still invokes cold, dead machinery. This album induced a quiet panic to me, the listener.

The use of multi-layered samples and processed sounds seem to fit in with HEXA’s aesthetic of affective sound – I was left shocked by the power of the assault that this albums wields.

Released on November 4th 2016 as a (colour / black) LP and Download, this album took me out of my comfort zone. Whilst not all music is meant as a balm – Factory Photographs shook me out of my complacency.

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