FCS North

FCS North

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FCS North's debut LP on Pacifico Recordings shows an underground instrumental rock/punk-based band moving into jazz while experimenting with electronic elements. The final result sounds something like a peculiar mix of the Sea and Cake, Medeski, Martin & Wood, and Brian Eno. The opening track consists of two and a half minutes of ocean sounds, from there the hour-long album meanders through six additional instrumental tunes. The low-key, mellow instrumentation is comprised of keys, synth, bass, samples/loops, and a drum kit, which more often than not serves as the lead instrument. Drummer Andy Sells churns out jazz, dance, and hyper-jungle beats as it suits his fancy. This is an ambitious album by fairly young musicians and results are mixed. While the musicianship is strong by rock standards, it's a bit loose when measured on the jazz-meter -- a problem which post-punk groups can stumble into in their enthusiastic quest to push the boundaries. Tunes sometimes seem a bit under-developed and over-extended (ranging six to 13 minutes in length). While the group's album work isn't quite there yet, they definitely show promise with their gutsy experimentation.

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