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Falafel Avantgarde

"He-Pea" EP

Public Eyesore

Genres: world, experimental

Bryan Day / PE
3803 S 25th St.
Omaha, NE 68107

Oct 21 - 27 2002

Ah, vinyl. The zest of life, the most exquisite format of all. Why more people don't send us records is a mystery to me. But to move on...

Falafel Avantgarde, from Israel (hence their name), specialize in their own brand of messed up experimental sounds. This is their debut 7" for Public Eyesore, and it sure is a weird one.

The bizarre "Mousse Tang (Electric Jahnoon)" inhabits side A and makes for an interesting start. The band lays assorted bits of sampler mayhem over a throbbing electronic background to produce an eerie, yet fun atmosphere. The concoction brings to mind Tom Recchion's work and some of If, Bwana's crazier moments.

Side B, on the other hand, is called "Landerian (Eric The Half Bee)." I don't know where the "Eric The Half Bee" part comes from but then again, did I really expect to? The first thing you'll notice about this side is that it's much less electronic than Side A. The track has a definite "song"-like structure, with hand drums, guitars, and some knob-twiddling characterizing the piece. While they are mostly "world" instruments (to use the xenophobic term), the sound has a strong Western feel to it. As a piece, it's loads of fun and boasts an enjoyable climax near its end that will get your head bobbing. It's something different, yet with enough recognizable elements to keep even the shortest attention spans entertained.

Altogether, each side of this record is different and both have their own qualities and nuances. While I prefer the more accessible "Landerian (Eric The Half Bee)", "Mousse Tang" is still a very interesting experimental piece.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 2 tracks; distributed by the label; released 2002]