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La 440 by Fiendish Fib

Album Description

Released:August 11th, 2003

A sound criticism on current telecommunication overdose taking as bases the
compositions carried out by Michel Legrand for " France Telecom ". Somewhere
between 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 the
listening of this record (disturbance of phone networks, Internet disconnection,
unpaid telecom bills ;-)

Reviews :

the french are known for making odd films, well their music can sometimes be equally
as fucked. the idea is that this ep is based around research for the french telecom
company seems an odd premise for a release. but in the name of research, there's
distorted 80's film soundtracks ('taiwan'), accordian discordia ('dial zero') and the
distinct dial tones of the local telecom system. it's not all easy on the ears as ideas
and come and go in a matter of moments and they do arrive, they come
accompanied with a shower of digital detritus. like most releases on angstrom you
have to persevere, but it's worth the effort. sheikh ahmed

And in the orange corner, hailing from Angstrom Records,we give you
Fiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeendish Fib!
"Intro" sounds like a live recording from some parisian cafe which is being soaked in
sunshine, ticks shuffles and a snooth melody smoothly play away and realx your
mind, "I wake up phoning" is the soundtrack to a 20p falling through the internals of a
gambler, voices shout from the outside "hallo?" "halloo?",the tempo continues to rise
as the currency falls into the collection pit. Manic electronic speedtrack.
"Taiwan" bashes into you with a frantic bassline and a hissy vocal, but
then 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 click
bassline 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 by
a maniac horn and a bouncy zing, until the rock anthem kicks in and blasts your face
clean 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 sait
faire" is a happy trip into the mind of an answering machine."Fugue" blips beeps and
crackles into sight, as a tiny cursor tinkers away in the operating system and causes
utter audio chaos, damn fine.
The hissy subby melodic intro to "Paracommunications" gives me visions of an
inflatable ghosthouse, swelling as the ghosts attack each other inside luckily you get
bought back to reality by the childlike french vocals, but the airfilled evilness is still
there lurking in the plastic shadows. Recommended.
"La 440" brings the tempo back down but then subtly mumbles and gathers
momentum, with squelchy dry beats and a scary attacking melody which is shaking
around like a drunk skeleton, brielfy a power 80's theme tune appears but is drowned
out. Crazy short excellence.
"Live" is introduced in german or austrian and then the orchestral tune joins
in, what sounds like a man running through snow or gravel is heard panting and
mumbling away until he comes to a grizzly screaming death crushed by a
monsterous rabid piano. Insane.
"Telecom Classics" is what you would hear if a load of wire bearing telephone pylons
argued, but then made up and started to sing together, but all these pylons are in
France 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 or
some paper money purchase it, walk / drive / cycle home, kick back and let it soak
into your sweaty face.

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 basis
of this nostalgic sample infested 10" release. With sounds that hail telephone
companies, computer systems and failing transistors, Fiendish Fib somehow rips
sources from every angle and presents them in a style that Coldcut might enjoy
relaxing to. With each track ranging from 1-2 minutes in length Telecom Classics
samples from a variety of frequencies to produce a disjointed manifest that could be
left responsible for the disturbance of phone networks and Internet disconnections.
Approach with caution!


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