Fly Pan Am
CST031 180gLP • CD • DL
Release date: 06 September 2004
"Le Fly Pan Am are at their creative apex, creating sounds that are cathartic and soothing, dark and light, feeling and unfeeling." – Splendid
"Some of the most invigoratingly unique experimental music since This Heat. A fearlessly innovative nailbomb of a record." – TinyMixTapes
"Not afraid to flirt with the bizarre in reaching for the sublime, the result is challenging music of considerable integrity." – Copper Press
"Pushing their sound outward in all directions, N’écoutez Pas finds Fly Pan Am approaching peaks of intensity and ragged splendor that few bands even acknowledge, let alone attempt to scale." – Pitchfork (8.0)
A collection of songs pushed to maximum density, marked by dark shoegazer guitars, distorted organ stabs, rubbery basslines, motorik drumming and various shrouded voices whispering, screaming and singing along the way – this album contains Fly Pan Am’s most intense sounds yet. While each side of the record is anchored by a long, non-linear piece juxtaposing the band against tape and electronic treatments, several tracks are as close as the group came to traditional rock/pop structures, with ‘chorus’ breaks, melodic ‘hooks’ and vocals. Of course, being Fly Pan Am, all of this is duly bracketed – there is nothing traditional about the results, and the various elements are pushed forward or pulled back in anything but conventional ways. These are careening, carnivalesque tunes that somehow wed the browns and pinks of their guitar noise with yeye pop, Boredoms-style noise incantations and hardcore punk. N’écoutez pas features a long list of local guest vocalists to supplant the band’s own oral action, as well as electronic interventions from fellow Montrealers Tim Hecker and Alexandre St-Onge.
LP is pressed on 180g audiophile vinyl and comes in a thick printed jacket with artwork insert.
CD comes in a custom paperboard mini-gatefold jacket with a printed CD dust sleeve.
Jonathan Parant: guitar, tapes, electronics, organ, piano, voice
Felix Morel: drums, tapes, electronics, voice
Roger Tellier-Craig: guitar, tapes, electronics, organ, voice
J.S. Truchy: bass, tapes, electronics, voice
Eric Gingras: guitar, organ, voice
Dominique Petrin: vocals on Track 7
Tim Hecker: electronics on Track 7
Catherine Lemay: vocals on Track 6
Alexandre St-Onge: electronics on Track 5
Johanna Baumgartner, Karine LeBlanc, Annie Leger, Genevieve Paquette, Guylaine Pelletier, Marie Raphoz (Les Bonzai Kittens): vocals on Track 10
Recorded and mixed at the Hotel2Tango in Montreal by Thierry Amar, April 2004.
Mastered at Grey Market in Montreal by Harris Newman.