Hidden Cinema Soundtrack
by Foehn on Splinter Series
Foehn’s ‘Hidden Cinema Soundtrack’ marked the first release in FatCat’s imprint album series, SPLINTER. This series will be run in parallel with album releases on FatCat proper, but will occupy spaces closer to those inhabited by the split 12” series – a more leftfield, largely electronic-based terrain.
Foehn is the working alias of Bristol-based Debbie Parsons, a former partner of Matt Elliot in Third Eye Foundation. Following two solo albums on Bristol’s SwarfFinger label (‘InsideOutEyes’ from ’97 and 1999’s ‘Silent Light’) and an early FatCat split 12” (Foehn v Gescom), ‘Secret Cinema Soundtracks’ marks Foehn’s third album, and her first for FatCat.
Like Third Eye Foundation, Foehn's music is cut-up and sprawling, dark, emotional and urban. Grainy samples of film dialogue, street-noise (captured lo-fi on a dictaphone) and everyday ambience - horns, creaking doors, engines, etc. - are layered and twisted around live playing and concrete percussion to form a series of chopped-up, heavily schizophrenic constructions.
Recorded at home in her bedroom, the album utilises a wide range of instrumentation – cello, piano, trumpet, voice, flute, guitar, drums, and xylaphone – alongside a use of samplers, fx and the mixing desk. What emerges is a bold and honest, highly creative meshing together of live playing (with ‘scars’ / mistakes often left evident), and studio sorcery / stitching together. Here, digital technology becomes comfortably integrated with more traditional instrumentation, being lent an audibly ‘human’ touch.
28 tracks (spanning nearly three years of producton) lead the listener through a sprawling maze of brief, perplexing atmospheres and events: from the frantic, spastic flail of ‘Chase in An Empty Space’ to the mournful, elegaic piano of the the closing suite of tracks; the dark, brooding tow of ‘Built Up To Falling’; or more upbeat, rhythmic tracks like ‘Yellow Star’ and ‘Pour Vous Timide Voyou’.
Like Pram or felix Kubin, Foehn’s creeping, evocative sound-world is what you might term an ‘Other’ music – defiantly low-key, abandonning any desire to easily please, and instead searching out / attempting to describe an often more awkward, uncomfortable reality; a dark, unique vision of unexplored territories, haunted dreams, lingering desires. As the album’s title implies, this is a strangely cinematic music, a series of noir-ish imaginary soundtracks or brief glimpses into a close-up, uneasy sound-world of overlapping textures, melodies and rhythms.
- To the Forgotten Forest Deep in Space
- Chagrin d' amour
- We Tear At Each Other's Hearts
- A Wild Face Pours Words On the Last Beach
- Chase in an Empty Space
- Carousel Beneath the Sea
- This Time Was in a Dream
- Shining Secrets
- The Celebration Ceases to Impress
- Built Up to Falling
- Creep and Hide
- D'you Think You Could Make It 7:30?
- We Live in a Sea of Sound
- Yellow Star
- So Full Up of Emptiness
- I Really Love High Winds
- Into the Darkness and Stars
- Suddenly He Realised He Could Fly
- Like I'd Been On a Long Journey
- Pour Vous Timide Voyou
- Thanks for Saying Goodbye
- Piano Clatter
- Without Wings
- I Almost Touch
- One Day Music Came from the Skies