Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Fescal - A Slice Of Time And Energy
A beautiful and intense blast of lo-fi ambient, squeaky ethereal psychedelia and ceaseless flow of cozy melodies and delicate background noises, hovering in a boundless yet perfectly concrete and substantial cloud of sounds and thoughts around. Our latest release from Fescal, a project of our South Korean friend Guanxi (don't forget to check his Pixel album, if you ever miss it). He describes it a 'a new direction', and it's definitely one of the best 30 minutes of music I heard in a last few time cycles.
These days most discussions around the netlabel "scene" are about "too muching" and overdosing, but with 'A Slice Of Time And Energy' the only pity is the music duration! Not a big problem, really, you may just hit "repeat" and enjoy the full potential of non-degradable digital audio for as long as you want. What's even more exciting is the fact that Fescal settles himself down in the realm of ambient music, probably the most overcrowded and cliched this days, with literally countless days of non-stop "acoustic massage" and virtual soporific (replacing extra boring books on a bedstand of previous generations) available online. You would say, it's hardly possible to find a new and truly spectacular and enriching set of sounds in this field to compose,
and yet Fescal does exactly that.
The central piece is the lengthiest track on the album, while preceding compositions seems to be rehearsals and preliminaries of some sort, setting your mind just right and inviting and intriguing and preparing you to listen and to receive the message. His The Terrestrial And The Celestial probably works best as an intensive wake-up call, setting your
expectations to the highest point, just before you're transfixed with blissful and clear beauty of The Midas Touch. Take your time now. And what about the powerful and cinematic coda (I've Never Had Much Time For Hero's), somehow awkward and even eerie, and friendly sound fluctuations in the final Red Stars? Let's say, it's open for any interpretation.