Album Review

Idea Fire Company – “Music From The Impossible Salon” – [Kye]

abacus   4/17/2012   12-inch, A Library

Narcoleptic ballroom dancing to music box serenades brought to us by this doped up duo. Repetitive piano swirls immersed in a sea of opiate sounds appear at first to be dusty old home recordings of small children trying to teach themselves the instruments, or just making sounds. Soon though, the simple mistakes mask as melodic manipulations and the repetition sinks into such a hypnotic trance that the redundancy evolves into meditative mantras. On the opening tracks the rusty trombone sounds never quite materialize but adopt a sense of aimless purpose that gives the mantras extra meaning. On other tracks, the synth and radio sounds give an otherworldly effect, like a dream where everything is just as it should be, except that every time you wake up, you still can’t read the time on the clock radio. Some tracks get a little more experimental as the melody drips away and we’re left incapacitated by the copious narcotics. Other tracks are purely repetitive and unnerving, like an infinite ellipses, and might work better for music bed, catatonic wall staring or pissing off listeners. This sounds like it was sent to us from an ether-crazed Victorian Vaude-villain from so far in the future, its a hundred years past already.

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