November 28, 2013 by sshhoobbmmxxbblloogg
Freelove Fenner –
Do Not Affect A Breezy Manner.
Its been a while coming, having received this record about a month ago. But, they say, good things come to those who got the chops to wait.
“Do Not Affect A Breezy Manner” is the debut LP from Montréal trio Freelove Fenner. They’ve made noises since ‘05/6 and released some killer EPs on the equally brilliant Fixture Records imprint.
“Do Not Affect…” is an eighteen song, thirty five minute distillation of a band both eager to look at the past and it’s former sonic glories, and embracing the future. This is no retro revivalism, this is a band refusing to fuck around with modern sound manipulations, refusing to alter what THEY can create.
Everything is recorded onto eight tracks, revelling in the confines that comes from a studio set up where the studio WAS almost an auxillary member. The fourth “member” is The Bottle Garden, their basement analogue home studio. Like Eno, Freelove Fenner see TBG as aiding their process, rather than just housing it.
This is a record of calculated minimalism, rather than wild experimentation. Ostensibly a classic guitar, bass, drums, vocals affair, FF augment with vintage electronic whooshes and hurrahs, care of oscillators and vacuum synthesizers and sparing tape loops. Electric paino / pianet and trumpets make fleeting, gorgeous cameos too, offsetting this as post-motorik indie pop.
The record kicks off with “In The Sound”, vocalist Caitlin Loney’s half bored / half temptress vocal luring you in, only to tell you to take a hike, swathed in Philly Soul-esque beats and a sleazy, lilting riff.
There are elements of early 80’s Brit indie pop, shades of Orange Juice, Altered Images and even Siouxsie & The Banshees in their more “pop” guise. Couple this with a minimalist post-punk ideology akin to Young Marble Giants, Scritti Politti or early GBV.
There’s also more than a hint of the avant garde, tracks like the forty second “JoJo’s Xtal Set” is mere ground zero electronics, an eerie interlude between the bittersweet and the esoterically lyrical.
“Do Not Affect A Breezy Manner” is being released (as of 19th November) as a run of four hundred, heavyweight vinyls, and as a digital release via Fixture Records.
I thoroughly recommend checking this band, thieve done stuff with us before, and have made a record that has crashed into the TOP THREE of our End of Year poll…. Preach!
Key Tracks; In the Sound / George Harrison Cat / Lash + Brow / Mary.
For Fans of; GOOD FUCKING MUSIC!