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In autumn 2015, Bristol-based drummer Jesse Webb developed the improvisational project The Final Age plainly out of a need to respond, acknowledge and overcome destructive emotion. Laboriously conceived as an accompaniment to an imagined film on themes of loss and isolation, this project is far removed from the soft drone or Philip Glass inspired piano that often accompanies one’s idea of a soundtrack. An original take on this format, The Final Age assimilates howling vocals, experimental percussion and a wide sound palette in such a way that allows a window into disjointed, feverish, ultimately Gothic scenes.
The Final Age is a project as ecstatic with energy as it is with ideas, shaped by its many artists whose sense of rhythm and improvisation is unforced, coherent and truly urgent.