‘Temper Of The Age’ by Villages
A billowing canvas membrane is set aglow with images from old Super 8 movies in this nostalgic new video from Ross Gentry’s minimal/drone project Villages; the scenes so saturated in golden light it’s as if we were trapped inside fossilised amber, watching the world go by at a flickering pace.
The amalgam of sonorous dust crackle and psychic journeys through memory is a thematic staple of the ambient genre, one which takes advantage of the seamless, shape-shifting sounds that invite us to glide anchorless through time and project our own personal histories onto the blank canvases and negative spaces the artist provides. Gentry, however, makes a simple alteration to his two-dimensional visual that adds literal and figurative depth, putting the viewer not squarely in front of his projected image, but almost at ground level looking up. From here the picture seems to be receding away from us, and with it the many details, scenes and faces that at one time may have been distinguishable. The billowing, the canvas grain, and the distance, are all tactile reminders of the fragility of memory, and as the images fade to grey in the final few moments, pointing towards their fragmentary deterioration and inevitable loss, “Temper Of The Age” crests to a stirring, palpable sadness.