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Frontera

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    CST155 

    Release date: 21 May 2021 

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    Duration: 39:42 

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    Tracklist: 
    01 Grid / Wall 
    02 Parkour 
    03 Scanner 
    04 Scaling 
    05 Parkour 2 
    06 Body Pressure 
    07 Fences 
    08 Frontier

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    Fly Pan Am have composed some of their most direct, visceral and immediately satisfying music for the acclaimed contemporary dance piece FRONTERA. Juxtaposing stern foreboding electronics and minimalist motorik avant-rock, the Frontera studio album superbly captures the bristling, sculpted, intensely evocative live score that Fly Pan Am developed in close conception and collaboration with Dana Gingras and her Montréal-based dance troupe Animals Of Distinction.

    As the Frontera recordings demonstrate, this music also works powerfully and exceptionally well on its own: oscillating between tension and release; evoking open, anxious interzones and closed, claustrophobic spaces; conveying an overarching landscape of forbidden access, foreclosed movement, and the unfathomable multiplicities of trauma and resilience that occur under our dehumanising international apparatuses of inadmissibility and control. “Grid/Wall”, “Fences” and “Parkour” combine electronics and spartan four-piece avant-rock 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.

    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 multi-media 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.

    Frontera is exquisitely packaged and showcases half a dozen striking full-colour photographs from the dance piece: the deluxe 180gram vinyl edition is printed with UV matte varnished inks, including an artworked inner sleeve and 12”x36” fold-out art insert with liner notes; the CD mini-gatefold jacket is printed on premium Spectro artboard and includes a 6-panel art insert.

    We’re thrilled to present the soundtrack recording for one of the most moving multi-media works we witnessed last year. Thanks for listening.

     

     

    TRACKLIST

    01 Grid / Wall
    02 Parkour
    03 Scanner
    04 Scaling
    05 Parkour 2
    06 Body Pressure
    07 Fences
    08 Frontier

    Running time: 00:39:42

     

    PACKAGING NOTES

     

    Deluxe 180gram vinyl edition pressed at Optimal (Germany) in jacket and artworked inner printed with UV matte varnished inks, includes 12”x36” fold-out art insert and DL card.

    CD mini-gatefold jacket printed on premium Spectro artboard includes 6-panel art insert.

     

     

    CREDITS

    Jonathan Parant: 
amplified and computerized guitar, synthesizers
    Roger Tellier-Craig
: computer, synthesizers
    Jean-Sébastien Truchy: 
computer, synthesizers, drum programming, bass, voice
    Félix Morel
: drums, “scrap” cymbals


    Original soundtrack recorded, mixed and produced by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at Hotel2Tango
    Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering

    Cover and booklet photos by Yannick Grandmont
    Back cover photo by Dana Gingras
    Graphic design by Félix Morel