Genres: world, experimental
Bryan Day / PE
3803 S 25th St.
Omaha, NE 68107
Oct 21 - 27 2002
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
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.
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