Fly Pan Am
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“Fly Pan Am is an album of startling refinement and glorious experimentation.”

“Using the extended instrumental motif as a vehicle toward achieving musical nirvana, this Montreal quartet adheres to minimalist principles while stretching the boundaries of guitar/bass/drums with electronic hiss and other sound composites.”

“While the band strike up their hypnotic groove-loops, electronic insects chew through the wiring of the instruments, infecting their rhythms with a distressed digital symphony of hums, whizzes, whirrs and blips, yet the band stay on-course anchored by the metronomic mechanics which underpin their explorations.”
Notes from the Underground

“In the course of only 5 tracks, the group billows and shimmers their album to over 60 minutes worth of lock-groove, marching beats and beautiful stretches of noise, drone, and static-touched tape manipulation.”

“Fly Pan Am will proceed with mounting urgency towards the main runway, before cannily refusing to take off, instead grinding to a mesmerised halt amid rumbling low frequencies and obligatory dissonance.”

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The debut record by Fly Pan Am consists of five long songs clocking in at over an hour of music, spread across three sides of vinyl for the LP format. Chiming, deliberate instrumental rock propelled by insistent motorik drumming and interweaving guitar and bass lines that unfold with obstinate rigour. The band’s ear for melody and approach to (de)construction reveal the twin influences of French pop and krautrock, resulting in a forward-looking experimentalism guided by an unshakeable faith in the unfulfilled possibilities of minimalism and musique concrete in punk-rock. Additional tape manipulations and field recordings by all the group members add drones, transitional accents, and abrupt interruptions to the collage. The music is sometimes willfully infuriating in its pursuit of a concept; “Dans Ses Cheveux Soixante Circuits” proceeds through a lovely series of harmonic changes before settling into a 10-minute repetition of a half-tone interval while the digitalia of guest electronic musician Alexandre St-Onge takes over. The band premiered this piece at Constellation’s Musique Fragile concert series in 1998, and “L’espace au sol…” is a re-recorded version of a piece that first appeared on a split seven-inch with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, put out by local fanzine aMAZEzine, also in 1998.

Release date: 20 October 1999
Running time: 60:18

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1. L'Espace au sol est redessiné par d'immenses panneaux bleus
2. Et aussi l'éclairage de plastique au centre de tout ces compartiments latéraux
3. Dans ses cheveux soixante circuits
4. Bibi à nice, 1921
5. Nice est en feu!

Jonathan Parant: guitar, tapes
Felix Morel: drums, tapes
Roger Tellier-Craig: guitar, tapes
J.S. Truchy: bass, tapes

Alexandre St-Onge: electronics on TRACK 3
Kara Lacy: voice on TRACKS 4,5
Norsola Johnson: voice on TRACKS 4,5

Recorded at Mom and Pop Sounds in Montreal by Ian Ilavsky with Kirk Wight, spring 1999. Mixed by Ian Ilavsky and Fly Pan Am. Mastered by Andrew Frank, Larry Cassini and Harris Newman.