Sédatif En Fréquences Et Sillons
by Fly Pan Am
CST011 - 2000
Fly Pan Am return with a 3-song EP of fractured, tape-infested experiments on Sedatifs En Frequences Et Sillons, an intransigent slab of self-referential auto-criticism. The band sticks to its agenda of acutely self-conscious musical manipulations, re-working its own materials and assumptions to yield new compositions of uncompromising formalism. Side one is a medley of sorts, consisting of phrases and fragments reconfigured and replayed from their self-titled debut (cst008). Various melodies are reassembled and played off of one another, creating an extended live remix with blissful passages of layered guitars, drones, sampled backing vocal lines, and the requisite incidental noise break in the middle of the piece. The result is something like a \'Stars On 45\'-style musical encapsulation of the entire debut record. Side two contains a new piece of somnambulist clockwork repetition, with the band laying down a strict, static groove while various tape manipulations penetrate the mix to create polyrhythms, dissonances and additional textures. This is prime anti-funk, invoking early Talking Heads along with all things krautrock, and driving home the EP\'s subtitled intent: \"stereo-stupefiant\".