Something seems to be lurking around Hyde Park. Some say it’s got more legs than it knows what to do with. Some say it exists only to torment only the most intoxicated among us. Some even say it features more processing power than several Commodore 64s…
All I know is, it’s called Fergus Quill’s Electric Noise Ensemble, and what an exceptionally accurate title that is. Recorded over 6 hours on a hazy afternoon at Eiger Studios, Fergus and his merry council of 5 guitarists, 4 drummers and 3 bassists grab you by the scruff of the neck and count you in to the auditory canal that is ‘Vibrational Tuning’. Allow yourself to drift lazily through, as it ebbs and flows with intent, treating you to a divine conglomeration of a chorus of fleeting guitar lines, until finally taking you to a seething, moody resolution.
“ I could imagine it acting as the perfect soundtrack to a biopic about a martian cowboy, that likes to surf when he’s not herding space cattle. “
A personal highlight of this LP, ‘Fate In A Pleasant Mood’, in contrast, takes you tenderly by the hand, and allows you to tread softly through an ethereal realm of guitar-based syrup, exquisitely underpinned by the cavernous, rhythmic clattering of the drums. Then here come the races! We have the 300bpm, 300000Hz, and 3000dB. There’s nothing that can be said about these tracks that could do them any literary justice. They are experiences that need to be had.
Every time I listen to this album, I am taken beyond my own atmosphere, to a place that I could imagine only Bowie himself knew about. There is an extra-terrestrial quality to this record, complimented perfectly by the production, that suspends you in the centre, as the music orbits around you. I could imagine it acting as the perfect soundtrack to a biopic about a martian cowboy, that likes to surf when he’s not herding space cattle. It’s safe to say that an unprecedented amount of consideration and satire have collided to create an uniquely disturbing but excessively listenable journey of an album, that only deserves to be consumed in full. I can’t wait to see it live.
Listen here – ‘Fergus Quill’s Electric Noise Ensemble’ – On Spotify
Words – Ben Udin