Three extended pieces from Bitter Fictions, and among the last Tascam 244 recordings made by Devin Friesen before moving out of longstanding recording haunt The Library. Lushly blown-out feedback solitude caught on tape, one more hopefully hopeless new age conspiracy from the bummer basement. The 22-minute opener “Jaywalking to Avoid Families” sets the tones, by the end of “Stitch (Ten Years a Stranger)” the reflection has slowed to a numb crawl. Measure steps between longing and dread.
released May 26, 2017
bitter fictions is devin friesen
gtr/tapes played/recorded by d.f.
in the library basement (calgary ab)
w roommate's tascam 244
my last months before moving out
and finally getting my own 4-track
these are some of the last pieces
I recorded with that machine
in that basement
which honestly looks a lot nicer now
WORDS FROM OTHERS
"XXVII is like the bite sized expositions on ENO's AMBIENT 4 and APOLLO and the final seconds of TWELLS & CHRISTENSEN's COASTS stretched out like taffy, infused with the kosmische goo seeping through the rivets on NEU's motorik propulsion system, perhaps duly informed by FLYING SAUCER ATTACK interludes and DAVID PEARCE's avant guitar revitalization on INSTRUMENTALS 2015 [REC# 67], and/or a devout disciple of LOREN CONNORS and ROY MONTGOMERY, or perhaps FRIESEN developed his sound entirely through self guided trial and error without any overt emulation, self taught in meditative isolation - no matter the extent of the roots, the fruit here is bountiful, XXVII is a boon born out of a well studied obsession with the guitar as an instrument of atmosphere and texture - FRIESEN fantastically conjures chordal reverberation, howling feedback and scorched earth scuzz, then alchemized into a gorgeous harmonic spiritualized sonic journey, a post no wave (?) aria for guitar, kinda like BRAEYDEN JAE re-envisioning VANGELIS' BLADE RUNNER score.
[...] this is his best yet, without any question or hesitation." --PSI LAB / psilabtapes.blogspot.ca/2017/06/recommendation-190-bitter-fictions.html