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Fennesz

Fa 2012

(Editions Mego; US: 2 Oct 2012)

The new single from Fennesz comes buzzing and thudding into your mind like an unholy swarm of cicadas, blanking out your thoughts and slackening your jaw.  A reworked version of an old track “Fa 2012” comes across like much of Christian Fennesz’s work; at once appealing and profoundly alien, both disconcerting and warm. While his music is as noisy and experimental as they come, Fennesz always manages to seem accessible and engaging. While listening repeatedly to “Fa 2012” and its b-side Mark Fell remix I found myself rocking back and forth in my chair, eyes glazed, feeling as if I had just been swallowed up by the storm clouds looming outside my window. The Mark Fell remix is probably unnecessary, although quite enjoyable. I would have preferred a new track from Fennesz himself; more thumping and droning please my old friend, I can’t get enough of this stuff.


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Benjamin Hedge Olson is a writer, ethnographer, scholar, and teacher based in Seattle, WA. He holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and an MA in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University.


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