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REVIEWS - SOUNDS

Title:
Extreme Sports
Artist(s):
Yuppie Flu vs Three Pieces
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Vital

Reviewer:
michael white

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Contrasting, limited edition esoterica from the Extreme Sports imprint. In the intelligent pop corner we have the five-strong Yuppie Flu from Ancona in Italy. With ‘Ambassadors’ they come out fighting; although its crisply spare slink cunningly disguises their multi-directional attack. Tactics that are impossible to predict leave you reeling on the ropes. Just duck and weave as the short, sharp jabs of distorted sonics loom - then underpin the breathlessly nasal, stream of consciousness vocals from a guy who quirks for a living. It’s phrasing and phasing. It’s a distended crawl into the morass through an idiosyncratic, syntactic mass. It’s Joe Meek sci-fi sounds rolling on the Pavement. It’s a deputation of US college rock nerds waiting for a bus to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. It’s sharp angles on the sidewalk of sound. It’s Yuppie Flu - and it’s catching. It’s eight minutes long… ‘Ambassadors’ - you are really spoiling us.

In the way out there corner are Three Pieces from Canada. They number eleven … a whole synthesised, synchronised team. Something strange must be happening on the wide-open spaces of the prairies - and in the wide-open spaces of the extreme North American psyche: minds off-line above the 49th parallel. Groups of hunched figures wander the Canadian landscape/soundscape writing imaginary soundtracks for films awash with pre-millennial tension and half-remembered industrial decay. God Speed You Black Emperor are the tip of an iceberg of titanic washes of sound. Three Pieces’ ‘The Measure Of Time’ is a vibrant crescendo of shuddering intent. Psychedelic outposts contacting Krautrock visionaries on increasingly fragile lines in a world out of time. A head start to the apocalypse.


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