Sunday, 2 December 2012

Fiona Soe Paing - "Tower of Babel EP" (Black Lantern Music 068)

"Based in Aberdeenshire, Fiona Soe Paing has been evolving her unique brand of experimental, vocal-led electronica since 2007. One of her first home demos, sung in fledgling phrasebook Burmese, was discovered on Myspace by the legendary BBC DJ Charlie Gillett, who included it on one of his 'Sound of the World' compilations, released internationally on Warner Music, alongside artists including Gotan Project and Devendra Banhart. THE TOWER OF BABEL EP is accompanied by a limited edition DVD of music videos by New Zealand animation artist Zennor Alexander. Their previous collaborations have been screened on The Arts Channel on Sky TV New Zealand, as well as at film festivals including Digital Fringe Melbourne and NEON digital arts festival Dundee. Fiona has performed the 'live cinema'-style set with the projected animations at venues including Auckland Art Gallery, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and with the National Theatre of Scotland. “...stylish, elegant and sinister...obscure electronica, minimal beats and exotic voice merge seamlessly with animated visuals to evolve into a multi-media artwork." (New Zealand Herald)In early 2012, Fiona was granted funding through Creative Scotland to make new work, and two of the new tracks are included on the TOWER OF BABEL EP." (Black Lantern Music)

I tre brani che compongono "Tower of Babel EP" di Fiona Soe Paing, musicista scozzese (Aberdeen) che giunge al suo secondo lavoro attraverso l'etichetta Black Lantern Music, mi hanno sorpreso sin dal primo ascolto. L'elettronica adoperata in un modo decisamente personale e per niente "tecnico". Un sound essenziale, tra sospensioni ritmiche e voci utilizzate come fossero parte del bank di suoni del software. Electronic-Dark-Soul. Perchè la voce di Fiona, seppur filtrata e sfilante su passerelle psichedeliche possiede una vena soul che immerge di profondità e calore l'intero lavoro. Il groove della title-track è poderoso, nervoso, aggressivo...elettronica sporca e cattiva. Fiona fa tutto da sola ed è sorprendente. Gioia per orecchie un po' malate.

INTERVIEW (Electronic Music Experiment)

Fiona Soe Paing

Artist: Fiona Soe Paing (FB)
Title: Tower of Babel EP
Label: Black LanternMusic
Style: electronica,experimental
Date: November 30, 2012

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