Nov 2011 15

aTelecine - The Falcon and the PodaTelecine
Category: Noise / Ambient / Industrial
Album: The Falcon and the Pod
Stars: 4
Blurb: Progressing even further into realms of unconventional sonic exploration, aTelecine produces both some of the most melodic and most audibly jarring work.

 

Experimentation and progress go hand in hand, especially where music is concerned. Granted, the noisy and ambient tone poems and sound collages of aTelecine may hardly qualify as music in any traditional sense, but the industrial music scene was founded on the basis of sonic exploration, making the quartet of Sasha Grey, Pablo St. Francis, Anthony Djuan, and Ian C some of the purest practitioners of the form. Since the group’s first release two years ago, aTelecine has demonstrated an adventurous spirit and a willingness to incorporate any method or tonal element that serves to enhance the listener’s auditory experience. Hot on the heels of the band’s three-phase A Cassette Tape Culture releases, aTelecine now begins a new trilogy of multicolor gatefold vinyl LPs with The Falcon and the Pod being the first in the series.

The A Cassette Tape Culture series saw the band moving into a new stage of musical development, balancing excursions into sound exploration with moments of actual melody and structure, albeit filtered through their unorthodox milieu. On tracks like, “A Moist Duck” with its light but danceable beat and discordant bass and vocals, “Light Through the Leaves” with its baritone warbles of voice and ambient synthesizer, and “No Other Way” with its tense beat, synth backdrop buzzing and rising like an approaching swarm of wasps, and vocals that repeat “I don’t want to be this way / There’s no any other way,” aTelecine breakdown the conventional song structures into a mélange of inharmonious tones that bear the semblance of songs akin to ‘80s new wave or even early Front 242. However, the bulk of the album eschews conventions of melody and composition altogether, demonstrating a spontaneous nature with “A New Future!” featuring a morose synthesizer and an ominous reverberating chant that is quite hypnotic, while “Whisper” with its distorted scrapes of metallic sound, the incessant ringing of tape speed manipulation on “Sodium Vapor,” and the completely atonal oscillations and distant voices over an almost laughably simple mechanical beat of “Magazine” and the title track exhibit aTelecine’s complete sonic abandon.

It would not be surprising to find aTelecine’s name beside the likes of Throbbing Gristle, Boyd Rice, or Dead Voices on Air in the annals of industrial noise. With The Falcon and the Pod, the quartet’s feet already planted firmly in the soil of tonal chaos, aTelecine steadily progresses further into the realms of non-music. This isn’t the dance-heavy, guitar-driven, skirting the edge of the mainstream industrial that pervades the scene; this is something very other and will appeal to those others who prefer their music strange and out of this world.

Track list:

  1. A Secret Ratio
  2. Whisper
  3. Sodium Vapor
  4. A Moist Duck
  5. None
  6. A New Future!
  7. Light Through the Leaves
  8. No Other Way
  9. 4 AM
  10. Lost
  11. Magazine
  12. Pathless
  13. The Falcon and the Pod

 
ATelecine MySpace http://www.myspace.com/atelecine
ATelecine Facebook http://www.facebook.com/aTelecine
ATelecine Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/aTelecine
Sasha Grey Website http://www.sashagrey.com
Sasha Grey MySpace http://www.myspace.com/sashagrey
Sasha Grey Facebook http://www.facebook.com/sashagrey
Sasha Grey Twitter http://www.twitter.com/sashagrey
Pendu Sound Recordings Website http://www.pendusound.com
Pendu Sound Recordings MySpace http://www.myspace.com/pendusound
Pendu Sound Recordings Facebook http://www.facebook.com/PenduSound

Purchase at:
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2011-08-09

Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

1 Comment

  1. […] REGEN MAGAZINE reviews The Falcon and The Pod, 11/15/11; “With The Falcon and the Pod, the quartet’s feet already planted firmly in the soil of tonal chaos, aTelecine steadily progresses further into the realms of non-music. This isn’t the dance-heavy, guitar-driven, skirting the edge of the mainstream industrial that pervades the scene; this is something very other and will appeal to those others who prefer their music strange and out of this world.” — Read it here… […]

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