Their mouths slurp around machines. Their hands touch keys, knobs and circuits of digital and analogue, hands mingle with a blown wind machine.
Tristan has a tongue.
Adam has a body.
Tina sits on a chair.
The tongue leaves, slurping along a wooden surface, the body buzzes through voltages triggering gates of white noises.
An eyeball does not see as much as ears. That depends on perspective, you might think. Three people, sitting on chairs, on stage, with or behind sonic tools, a painting of beauty. It is their hair glistening in the sheen of stage lights. I have to tell you that illuminated hair has no ears. Pink is bright, but not necessarily sound. It might be though. Can hair and pink be ears?
"Fua is the trio of Adam Campbell on guitar and electronics, Tristan Clutterbuck on electronics and Tina Krekels on alto saxophone. Criminally undersung, Krekels is one of the most inventive saxophonists around, using unconventional mouthpiece techniques and carefully placed contact mics to unearth new possibilities for the instrument. Campbell processes his guitar through a modular synth, turning rubbed and mangled strings into crumpled tones and static pops. Clutterbuck is also on modular synth, although from the weird, distorted slobber that haunts the first side, it appears there's a vocal source in there too. Rather than barge through with macho blare, Krekels cuts through it all with acerbic squawks and jagged runs. Ten minutes in and it all breaks down into alien abstraction, with Krekels' mouthpiece pops and breath effects complemented by subtle fizz, bubble and squelch. A superb first release from Fancyyyyy tapes."
teetering on the edge of rhythmic but standing firmly in the ground of odd tonality, this release leaves enough sonic space to infer one's own ideas about the form. Percussive type sounds bonk through the mix but all of them have a softness and power to them. bkudler