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Posted: Tue, 11th Jul, 4:58pm Post subject: electric fence review
lookee here! a review of the cd that comes with the new summer fencezine has already arrived on the beefboard ... and by that fine chap from bristol who goes by the name of bhoywonder!
"Whenever a new Fencezine pops through the door, the same 3 thoughts struggle to be the strongest inside my very little brain:
1 Ė oh bugger, I was going to submit something wasnít I? Ah well, thereís always next timeÖ
2 Ė I really, really, really love those guys.
3 Ė I really, really, really wish I didnít live so far away from those guys.
You see, itís a thing of beauty, is the Fencezine. There are little bits of lots of people I know, either reasonably well (although never well enough), or just through the beef, or Iíve met them once, briefly, or Iíve still got what will doubtless be a joy in discovering and meeting them.
Oh, and they chuck in some hastily cobbled-together CD of things that arenít really good enough to release Ďofficiallyí. Some of which isnít actually half bad.
The CD that comes with the Fencezine is often a thing of greatness. The Electric Fence CD, however, goes waaaaaaaaaaaaay above and beyond this. Itís a bloomin marvel!
I Donít Know How To BeginÖwe all know and love this song, of course. After all, our ears arenít just painted on! The piano on this version is worthy of being a 60 second intro on its own, the warmth of the additions makes for a lovely new, fresh version of this Fence classic. Itís fun, itís interesting, itís a great, chilled opener. Gorgeous, in fact.
Viva Stereo are one of those who Iím only aware of through the FZ. Maybe itís time to investigate further, especially if Travel By Sea is anything to go by. Itís kind of halfway between underwater and floating in space. Itís quietly ecstatic, sensual and glorious.
It never ceases to amaze me what can be done by these people who make remixes. I donít really know what it means anymore. Is Hallelujah My Demise a remix of CircleÖ or is it a new piece sampling KC? I guess itís fairly irrelevant (unless youíre Clock or KC). Either way, whatís Clock doing not being very famous? Surely this iis the sort of thing those folk at The Wire magazine toss off to each month? Get them a CD! Sort of slopey, sloppy groove that never gets close to running its course. Whereís the 12Ē megamix available from?
Now, this Jon Hopkins fellerÖ wellÖ heís special, isnít he? Sort of special that makes me think that somebody very special has come along, if you know what I mean? I had this feeling when I first heard Jah Wobble, when I first heard Loveless, and Psychocandy, and Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld, the 3eps, kind of one of those very rare things Ďhereís a feller who really understands and is also able to interpret his thoughtsí. The vision and the skill in equal measure. Brian Eno wasnít wrong about this boy.
Whatís this? Why, itís a bongo pattern that reminds me of one of Nina Simoneís live albums, the one with Funkier Than A Mosquitoís Tweeter on. Groooooove. This is another of those mix things where I donít understand how itís done, and thereís a bit at 1í06Ē, the note he hits on the word ďonĒ, and the way it harmoizesÖooh, I likes that! Another familiar song given a new, fresh, interesting and funky way of life. Is it just me, or is this the sexy mix? Iím sure MC Quake wouldnít have been having any kind of rude thoughts thoughÖheís not that kind of guy.
Ah, more nice piano, but this time it allows itself to shine for a while longer. NiceÖand with such a Nikki Sudden-esque title, Death Sells. Too cynical for this piece of slow-motion running through fields of corn and dandelions music though, surely? Or is it the dichotomy that makes it? Or am I talking bullshit about what is, basically, 2í52Ē of gorgeous sound? Probably. Again with the 12Ē megamix request.
Now weíre raving. Eggshell Miles doesnít really do an awful lot. It doesnít need to either. Iím not going to do jouro-bullshit on this one. Itís just a great groove.
See, weíre only halfway through and already itís been a blast. A right blast. But hud oan, whoís this making this very cool Connected To Light? (glances at pretty sleeve) No, I donít believe you. OK, so of course I do. He can do whatever he wants, as weíve seen many times. Iím looking forward to more along this line, and not a J Mascis solo in sight! Yet again, my only possible complaint is that itís not long enough.
Itís from here to the end that really gets me though. Itís like one continuous piece from here on in, a dazzling display of glorious technicolour music.
The 2 Saffy Nools are inspired, to say the least, and work superbly as 2 halves on the same thing, and itís impossible to state a preference to either, both being of such a high calibre as to be impossible to fault. OTFís affectionate reworking floats around the disembodied KC refrain before hep-hepping into the Clockís treatment, picking up the pace and trotting it out into the wilds. The bottle-neck guitar hits the spot! By the time we get around to I Ran By Your Grave itís almost like coming home from a holiday you donít want to leave. But what a homecoming!
Now, some of you will know that Iím almost as big a fan of HMS G and KC is himself, but come on, listen to that voice! You canít be taught that. Thatís a gift. Kwaing knows how to use it too. He sounds like heís learnt something from MC Quake on this one to me. Fine lazy grooves, quality beeps and screeches. And there isnít anyone loves a false ending like I do! Woo! Encore!
More KC vocals given the electronics from Reporter and all of a sudden the realisation of just how exciting the non-acoustic side of Fence has become whacks me. I played Hiko the other night and had one of those ďwhy donít I play this all the time?Ē moments. Put him and KC together and the synergy (yes, synergy, ok?) is special. Haunting, pared down yet saturated, under the right balance of cider and red wine, this could make me cry. Give it till the weekend and it most probably will. And after Iíve done that, Iíll get all righteous.
This is the best piece of MC Quake vocal Iíve ever heard. Itís the best piece of OTF music Iíve ever heard. And it has the Lone Pigeonís voice on it, which is one off the best voices Iíve ever heard. The whole is greater even than the sum of its parts. That this track stands out so far on a CD so crammed with brilliance is testament to theÖI donít know how to describe itÖitís full of contradiction, itís deeply depressing and wonderfully uplifting at the same time. I identify with this track greatly and would die happy if I could have made it. Gav, Quake, Gords, take a bow.
And so we leave where we came in, not that we know how! ďOne last kissÖĒ just letís hold this on a little longer and reflect, take each bit of life out of each moment then go right back to the beginning and play it again
Iíd like to add that thereís a pretty good chance youíll think me a right pretentious/pompous twat writing this. Iím sorry if you think that, indeed, Iím sorry if I am. I canít help myself slipping into journalist-mode sometimes. Pluss I get a bit emotional and excitable sometimes.
Oh, and isn't this thread in the wrong place?
Thanks to all involved, including r.a. who made the thing sound like one piece of beautiful art."
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