Second Yard Botanicals
TBR: 3rd August
Berlin born Paul Frick has been an established maker of quality music for over twenty yeas. This fantastic first album from Frick follows a long line of performances as part of the stage based underground supergroup Brandt Bauer Frick. Whilst working with BBF, Paul Frick had come up with some great ideas for experimental electronic music, however with a groove well established it has only been possible to experience the sounds since his recent break. Just like any real creative genius, even when resting they just carry on with something different.
Because of Frick's amazing catalogue of instruments and sounds that he's collated and learned over the years, the album is filled with traditional and out of the ordinary expressions of technology. Taking seeds from every fruit of the forest, the slinky soundsmith brings the flavours and feels from across the garden to culminate in the long play thirteen track record. Frick has created the record to highlight the subtle moments of everyday life in a form of musical poetry inspired by a form called Alltagspoesie (Every-Day-Poetry).
Described as a “sonic collage” this mish-mash of sounds fuse into servings of a many coursed meal of music, each one crafted to compliment the other. Having been a key figure in the electronic music scene for many years and with roots still firmly in the hip-hop days that brought him into the world of professional music, Paul Frick may have taken his time with this album. Once he sat down to make it, two months of solid driving resulted in a great compilation of conjures that show his salt for what it's worth.
Sonically rich and almost unnerving use of sample and tone bring home all kinds of internal feelings normally associated with fairgrounds. Without an intrusive side to the music, like a banging beat or a shrill houser synth, deeply reaching curves penetrate my natural barriers and sink hooks neatly and without resistance. Slow track by track progressions bring dimensions of rhythm,manic tone shifting, and broken samples that all result in a disjoined pecan pie layered with soft sauce that glues the texture together sweetly. This mental journey represented by sound adjusts our perceptions and asks questions of what music is while giving us a pleasant feel good sensation among oddly intriguing noisefare.
Listen to a track from the album on Soundcloud
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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