Fektion Fekler Into the Sun
By Marcus Pan
The CD as a whole comes across almost
messy, with very washed out synthetics and vocals slipped amongst each other
and smudged aurally, at least for the first half or so of the disc. The opening
Sunsky is a case in point with ambient synthetic washes mashed together
and vocals joining the fray.
Pigs Feet starts clean with a simple drum 'n bass
track that is met with a rather funky rhythm. Generations has a similar
simply done yet very catch rhythm/bass series, but tends to suffer from the
same smudging that was witnessed in Sunsky. It is still, nonetheless, a
very head-moving and catchy tune. After an instrumental interlude with
Heathen, Legends takes us back into the mash, though more
associated with the vocals than the music. For some reason I care for this
smudgy song more than the others like it on Into the Sun.
By the time we get most of the way through the disc, roughly
the last third, we've reached a different area of Fektion Fekler's music. Now
switching to acoustic guitar more often with a minimal amount of electronics,
Through the Days begins the run. It's very comfortable, very soothing
and has a folk flair to it something you'd might hear at a campfire
assuming you went camping with gothy types anyway.
Visitor picks up next with a slow, brooding
electronic march and a killer guitar solo to close it out. And Instincts
brings us another acoustic dirge and Its Over is much of the same,
though all well done. Its Over is a very lamenting song, though its
guitar portion is rather unchanging it alludes more to poetry than
songwriting, which of course is just fine really. Saved takes us
dangerously close to Simon and Garfunkel territory, standing solidly in folk
song territory complete with broodding harmony and acoustic strumming. Very
unexpected on this CD and certainly well done, but quite short.
Into the Sun closes with Liberate Tutement,
which takes us back to the electronic sounds, but continues the slow dirge pace
that started as the guitars came out to play. We're also returned to the
mish-mash smoosh up again, but the song suffers to close the CD on a dark tone
with aplomb. Liberate Tutement was meant, it seems, specifically to
close a body of work it's a culmination somehow, floating smudgingly
Into the Sun is certainly an interesting CD for
Fektion Fekler. The change up of musical styles you'll encounter as you hit the
latter third of the CD is sure to throw off most people, but the release has a
way of clinging to you and growing on you.
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