Fly Pan Am - Frontera LP
Soundtrack to the acclaimed multi-media dance work by Animals Of Distinction.
Fly Pan Am have composed some of their most direct, visceral and immediately satisfying music for the acclaimed modern dance piece Frontera, by Montréal-based troupe Animals Of Distinction. Juxtaposing stern foreboding electronics and minimalist motoric avant-rock, the "Frontera" studio album superbly captures the bristling, sculpted, intensely evocative instrumental pieces the band developed in close conception and collaboration with the dancers.
Grid/Wall, Fences and Parkour combine electronics and spartan four-piece avantrock that set bodies in alternately furtive and laboured motion. The pulsing synthetics and noise textures of the more overtly technetronic Scanner, Scaling, Body Pressure and Frontier pin bodies down, whether hiding in corners, crawling for cover, or exposed to the searchlights. Field recordings contributed by David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hiss Tracts, Set Fire To Flames) comprise some of the raw material here too.
The "Frontera" album tracks faithfully to the narrative of the original work, where eight movements (featuring a company of 10 dancers) flow from controlled chaos and tensely choreographed kinetics to slow, wrenchingly austere set pieces. This tremendous multimedia performance - framed by the stark and peerless lighting design of United Visual Artists—is a discerning and deeply affecting meditation on borders and surveillance, resistance and separation, solidarity and cooperation; bodies blocked and restrained, monitored and pursued, hiding and escaping, yearning and overcoming.
After touring as the live band for the Frontera dance production into early 2020, the pandemic brought further performance dates to an abrupt halt (along with Fly Pan Am’s own scheduled UK/EU tours, in support of their terrific 2019 comeback album "C’est ça"). But during an easing of lockdown restrictions in late summer, the band was able to convene with Constellation’s go-to producer Radwan Moumneh at the storied Hotel2Tango in Montréal to put this soundtrack to tape.
For fans of This Heat, Faust, Mika Vainio, Felicia Atkinson, Lucretia Dalt, Moon Duo, Liars, Suuns, Mogwai.
5. Parkour 2
6. Body Pressure
About this product: this is pressed on 180g black vinyl. Includes a printed inner, a 12"x36" poster and a download code.