Sunday, August 13, 2017

Recording: FASTER

Artist: FASTER

Song: Hypnochondria, Part 1

Recorded at Gerrard Art Space (Eclec~Tic~Toc Fest, Vol. 1 – Night 1), July 14, 2017.

FASTER - Hypnochondria, Part 1

Ever since washing up on our shores, Neal D. Retke (who performs as {AN} Eel) has been spreading joy and preaching the benefits of D.I.Y. co-operation. A busy member of the international home-taping circuit known for his many collaborative projects, this festival arose from a desire to bring together some of the different musicians he's encountered here so far, mixing together songs and noises over two days in the G.A.S.'s cozy east-end space.

This duo's recent works have been moving away from punk-jazz cabaret/warped carnival songs and into a more composerly space. That doesn't necessarily mean it's less frenzied — "Kaleidoscopter" (this set's first piece) extended the genre-blender whirligig they'd previously explored in their "Death Suite". This one is a bit less dense, but the complicated array of sheet music that the pair were taping to their stands before playing indicates there's still plenty of notes.

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