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."
an album that focuses on blasts and releases, patterns and less-so-pattern-y compositional moments. The movement from pattern-y rhythmic pulsing, even danceable? to rich, drone-y, expansive, even noisey? are idiosyncratic, natural and fun. Nothing ever builds up too much or lays too strong of a foundation, so stops and shifts are more than allowed and when a shift does occur there's a safety in knowing it will change soon. Amazingly recorded, great sounds. bkudler