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La 440 by Fiendish Fib

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Released:2003-08-11
A sound criticism on current telecommunication overdose taking as bases thecompositions carried out by Michel Legrand for " France Telecom ". Somewherebetween The Residents, Severed Heads, The Beach Boys, Throbbing Gristle,Montage, Tuxedomoon, Suicide, Aphex Twin, John Coltrane, Panasonic,Stockhausen & Walkman, Jean & Dean, & François de Roubaix.Angstrom_rec is in no
case responsible for the phenomenon resulting from thelistening of this record (disturbance of phone networks, Internet disconnection,unpaid telecom bills ;-) Reviews : ABSORB (Uk)the french are known for making odd films, well their music can sometimes be equallyas fucked. the idea is that this ep is based around research for the french telecomcompany seems an odd premise for a release. but in the name of research, there'sdistorted 80's film soundtracks ('taiwan'), accordian discordia ('dial zero') and thedistinct dial tones of the local telecom system. it's not all easy on the ears as ideasand come and go in a matter of moments and they do arrive, they comeaccompanied with a shower of digital detritus. like most releases on angstrom youhave to persevere, but it's worth the effort. sheikh ahmed TESSELATE (Uk)And in the orange corner, hailing from Angstrom Records,we give youFiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeendish Fib!"Intro" sounds like a live recording from some parisian cafe which is being soaked insunshine, ticks shuffles and a snooth melody smoothly play away and realx yourmind, "I wake up phoning" is the soundtrack to a 20p falling through the internals of agambler, voices shout from the outside "hallo?" "halloo?",the tempo continues to riseas the currency falls into the collection pit. Manic electronic speedtrack."Taiwan" bashes into you with a frantic bassline and a hissy vocal, butthen a jolly piano smashes away and is joined by a more highly strung friendt.Madness ensues as a power chord slams over the melody and an echoey clickbassline both roll along in a ball of chaos.The track switches about 10 times through pages of craziness until it all falls quiet.Wicked stuff.Track 3 "Dial Zero" begins with a smooth guitar strumming away but is then joined bya maniac horn and a bouncy zing, until the rock anthem kicks in and blasts your faceclean off. A modem dials in, and engaged tones play in the background,madness,wicked madness.A hissy glithch beat smashes away as a conversation takes place in french, "Elle saitfaire" is a happy trip into the mind of an answering machine."Fugue" blips beeps andcrackles into sight, as a tiny cursor tinkers away in the operating system and causesutter audio chaos, damn fine.The hissy subby melodic intro to "Paracommunications" gives me visions of aninflatable ghosthouse, swelling as the ghosts attack each other inside luckily you getbought back to reality by the childlike french vocals, but the airfilled evilness is stillthere lurking in the plastic shadows. Recommended."La 440" brings the tempo back down but then subtly mumbles and gathersmomentum, with squelchy dry beats and a scary attacking melody which is shakingaround like a drunk skeleton, brielfy a power 80's theme tune appears but is drownedout. Crazy short excellence."Live" is introduced in german or austrian and then the orchestral tune joinsin, what sounds like a man running through snow or gravel is heard panting andmumbling away until he comes to a grizzly screaming death crushed by amonsterous rabid piano. Insane."Telecom Classics" is what you would hear if a load of wire bearing telephone pylonsargued, but then made up and started to sing together, but all these pylons are inFrance and there is an air of chilledness in the atmosphere.This lp gets mad props from me, move your hand from your pocket, pull out a card orsome paper money purchase it, walk / drive / cycle home, kick back and let it soakinto your sweaty face.Brilliant. IGLOOMAG (Us)What else happens to sound once it's been abused, neglected and mistreated? Well,in the case of Telecom Classics , recycling lost voices and torn beats form the basisof this nostalgic sample infested 10" release. With sounds that hail telephonecompanies, computer systems and failing transistors, Fiendish Fib somehow ripssources from every angle and presents them in a style that Coldcut might enjoyrelaxing to. With each track ranging from 1-2 minutes in length Telecom Classicssamples from a variety of frequencies to produce a disjointed manifest that could beleft responsible for the disturbance of phone networks and Internet disconnections.Approach with caution!

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