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Envisioning Abstraction: the Duality of FluiD


Saturday, March 3, 2012 review of 'FluiD / John 3:16 - The Pursuit of Salvation'

Chris Gilmore, experimental electronic musician from Chicago, perhaps better known (to some) under the pseudonym, FluiD; which he has used since 1988 when he released his debut 12" single 'Warhol'. On his albums and his songs, he delivers a mix of psychedelia, noise, jazz, dub, ambient, industrial and other imaginable and unimaginable musical genres. After last year's well received album 'Envisioning Abstraction: The Duality of FluiD' and in collaboration with a colleague from the label, has decided to release a split 12'' on which he has three new songs on the A side.

Angels Pt. II continues Bowie's theme from the movie 'Cat People'. With the same or similar repetitive sequence, and each time you listen, I expect you will start to sing "and I've been putting out fire with gasoline". Plague is a dark, epic theme that will leave you with a tingling feeling, all over your body. Forewarning is an electronic experiment, which reminded me of a long forgotten Goldie.

John 3:16 is a Swiss experimental electronic musician. He has recently released a mini album. Two songs that did not fit on that mini-album stretch across one side of this EP. Repetitive elements are generated by electronic devices and sampled. During the entire twelve minutes of songs, he introduces us into a special world. So, 'God is Light' is slowly evolving into explosions that occur before the end of the song, whilst a choir singing, leads us 'Toward the Red Sea' making a song which is favored and exalted.

This record is definitely not for everyone but anyone who possesses it or will possess it, will like and appreciate it.

score album [1-10]: 8

Phil / / 25/02/2012

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