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Friends of ours in Montreal started a new label called Plastic Factory. Their second release is this massive 2-LP compilation of good stuff, including new songs by Homeshake, Sheer Agony, Freelove Fenner, and Brave Radar, as well as many other bands we love.
The moment is here, the grand release of our first compilation record is upon us. Thanks to all of our good buds who contributed, we think you’ll like it!
-Greg n Mike
1. Homeshake - I Don’t Play 2. Andy Boay - Nightmare 3. Freak Heat Waves - Cradle of Fear 4. Monomyth - 13th Floor 5. Sheer Agony - Those Who Wait 6. Nap Eyes - Barrels 7. Hand Cream - OK OK OK 8. Freelove Fenner - Ursula Major 9. Un Blonde - For No Reason 10. Play Guitar - What’s Good is Easy to Get 11. Fake Buildings - Matador Records 12. Brave Radar - Driver One 13. Eola - Hibernia at Dawn 14. Each Other - Buyer Be Brave 15. Special Noise - Shopping 16. Gashrat - Median 17. Tonkapuma - Fake It 18. Mozart’s Sister - Girl Behind the Counter 19. People Tanning - Speak Empty to Me 20. Museum Pieces - Messenger
I’ve also been revisiting an LP by Freelove Fenner entitled Do Not Affect A Breezy Manner (Fixture) which I got for review late last year. I sort of dismissed this at first but am really into it now. They’re a buttoned-up trio with a female vocalist who is on a Trish Keenan sort of trip and a guitarist who seems strongly influenced by Tom Verlaine. Their songs are two-minute cross-sections between where such influences might lead, as well as rock from both ends of the ’70s (softer stuff from the early times and edgy wavo sounds from the later years) and French-Canadian jaunty pop, but they are dour and proper throughout. Almost sounds like something Teenbeat might’ve put out in the ’90s.
Started writing about this one a long time ago (months now, it seems … had to have been winter) and was distracted, as is often the case these days, but like many worthy records sitting in a box on my floor, I wanted to give it some attention. As most records these days don’t ever go out of print, I figure I have a long enough leash. This is the second album by Montreal duo Chevalier Avant Garde (Skrot Up did the first, and whoever was the responsible couple running things for that imprint in America is long gone, so I never heard it), and for once, we all have the pleasure to hear an electronic-based group with the instrumental bench depth and understanding of the melancholy/dark side of music to write in their own chunk of history, one which embraces an adulthood of process and a sophistication not often present in the 300-press scene. The group writes incredible ballads, late evening/midnight black elegies that rustle and wilt but never really head into the dirge, identifying quick flashes of nightlife but retreating into an impossibly lonely space of beauty that few understand. It’s going to be hard on me (and you) if I’m asked to list out all the influences and emotions at play here, but we can edge in the Tindersticks and the quieter side of the Auteurs on one side, Fad Gadget on the other, the stern and arty motives of both Factory and 4AD (thinking Dif Juz and Durutti Column) filling out the base. The record jumps around through these and other touchpoints but never feels like it’s distancing itself from those who created it, making for a highly personal and realized statement from the start. “Killing Fields” was the track that got me at first, a promise of tenderness applied against a backdroup of Michael Rother’s “Feuerland,” but moments of that depth appear all over Resurrection Machine. Along with the Freelove Fenner LP on Fixture (which has become an obsession of mine over the past few months), you’ve got yourself an order coming up. (http://www.fixture-records.com) (Doug Mosurock)
These are some songs, spanning the 1960s to this year, that we’ve been listening to a lot lately. Some are slick; some are pretty shaggy; some are direct; others oblique. None of them are anthems (we can’t stand anything anthemic). We’ve edited several of the songs for concision.
Sun Ra “Song No 1” (excerpt) @0:00
China Crisis “Seven Sports For All (Peel Session)” @1:26
Scritti Politti “Jacques Derrida” (edit) @3:23
Prefab Sprout “Radio Love” @6:10
Delia Derbyshire “Zwi Zwi oo oo oo” @10:00
Lifetones “Good Side” @10:44
10CC “Somewhere in Hollywood” (edit) @14:37
The Fans “Cars and Explosions” @17:01
Family Fodder “Savoir Faire” @20:00
Giles, Giles, and Fripp (w/ Judy Dyble) “Plastic Pennies” @23:17
The Pretty Things “Defecting Grey” (excerpt) @25:37
Dudley Moore Trio (w/ Peter Cook) “Bedazzled” @26:36
Freelove Fenner - “Girls From Hampton” (Official Video)
The latest Freelove Fenner film clip is an Artemis-approved affair, shot by the band on Super-8. Slip into your chiton, take a drink from this earthen pot, and then wait for the visions to appear. “Girls From Hampton” appears on their Do Not Affect A Breezy Manner LP.
Freelove Fenner are doing their first extended tour this summer with dates in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick. They’ll have copies of their new LP, Do Not Affect A Breezy Manner, limited copies of the 12” reissue of their two earlier EPs: Pineapple Hair and In The Bottle Garden, and some sweet silkscreened t-shirts for sale. Don’t miss them when they pass through!