Album Review

Fjellestad, Hans – “Snails R Sexy ” – [Accretions]

cujo   5/10/2007   A Library, CD

You know that moment when you’re on an airplane taxiing out of an airport and it pauses at the beginning of the runway for just a few seconds before taking off, when all the turning and rolling noises stop and all that’s left is the corporeal, mechanical, strangely periodic humming of the jet engines?

This album is that precise moment blown up and musicified on a magnificently large scale.

Slowly swirling synthesized doppler shifts (some krafty work) combine with the pulsing, throbbing, testes-tingling vibrations. Later on, occassional control tower communication glitches and humanoid sine wave complaints invade your headphones. Even later on, things get spacier, as if your fuselage is now orbiting a synthy Saturn and the glitchy complaints coming from Houston are all the more frantic and abrasive.

Can’t figure out yet how the dreamy toy-piano track “Ex Vivo” fits into this analogy…

-Cujo, KFJC, May 2007

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