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.
Just give it a listen, you'll figure it out.
All sounds and visuals by Fescal