Despite intentions of recording an aggressive set of improvisations in the style of their first album or their work with Martin Küchen and Illia Belorukov, when they got down to recording this Liquid album, the Phicus trio of Ferran Fages on electric guitar, Alex Reviriego on double bass and Vasco Trilla on drums found themselves in the richly contemplative mood of these two mysterious tracks.
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Label: Tripticks Tapes
Catalog ID: TTT003
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Recorded at Rosazul Studio, in Barcelona, Spain, on April 26th 2019, by Jan Valls Miralles. Mastered by Lasse Marhaug
Ferran Fages-electric guitar
Alex Reviriego-double bass
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"Ferran Fages (1974, Barcelona, Catalunya)
Ferran Fages is an improviser and composer, and an international reference in the sphere of electroacoustic improvisation. Since the end of the 1990s, he has published over fifty discographic references on national and international labels. He has undertaken tours, performed concerts and led workshops around Europe and South America as well as in Canada and Japan.
He plays guitar, resonant objects, acoustic turntable and electronics: "feedback mixing board", pick-ups and oscillators.
From 1999 until 2006 he was a member of the IBA col·lectiu d'improvisació, with whom he organised over one hundred concerts as well as the festivals Improvisa (2000-2003) and the Experimental Music Week at Metrònom (2005), among others.
Besides his projects, he has shared a stage and made collaborations with musicians such as Christine Abdelnour, Sophie Agnel, Núria Andorrà, Derek Bailey, Pascal Battus, Tom Chant, David Chiesa, Albert Cirera, Sébastien Cirotteau, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Michel Doneda, Axel Dörner, Lluïsa Espigolé, Agustí Fernández, Jean-Philippe Gross, Will Guthrie, Robin Hayward, Barbara Held, Jason Kahn, Martin Küchen,Eduard Márquez, Wade Matthews, Mattin, Manuel Mota, Ivan Palacky, Ramon Prats, Eddie Prévost, Pablo Rega, Àlex Reviriego, Ernesto Rodrigues, Alejandro Rojas-Marcos, Ivo Sans, Joan Saura, Pilar Subirà, Vasco Trilla, Birgit Ulher, Taku Unami, Nikos Velliotis, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Mark Wastell, Christopher Williams and Ingar Zach among others.
He has also worked with the choreographers and companies of Olga Mesa (1999), Lanónima Imperial (2003-2004), Carme Torrent (1999-2005), Ktonycia (2007), Constanza Brncic (2008-2009) and Merce Cunningham Dance Company (2009).
He has performed the following pieces of contemporary music: Guitar two, for four, by Phill Niblock (2004); Cobra, by John Zorn (2006); Meditations for Orchestra, by Pauline Oliveiros (2007); Guitar Trio, by Rysh Chatham (2007); Trio I from Trios WHITE ON WHITE, by Robert Ashley (2008); Poem 1960, by La Monte Young (2008); Diferencias familiares sobre las cuerdas, by Christopher Williams (2009); Little by Little, by Sam Sfirri (2011), and Cartridge Music, by John Cage (2012)."-Ferran Fages Website (http://www.ferranfages.net/index.php?/bio/)
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"Born in Barcelona, Vasco Trilla started playing drums at the age of nineteen. His first influences were progressive rock and metal, but gradually he developed an interest in a variety of different genres such as jazz, Indian music, African music, klezmer, free improvisation, etc.
Since then he has collaborated, toured and recorded with many different bands and projects such as Boi Akih (an ethno-jazz band from the Netherlands), Planeta Imaginario (progressive jazz-rock) October Equus (avant-rock), The Oddvisers (pop-avant), Fine! (indie pop-rock), Mundo Flotante (ethno-jazz-rock), Kaulakau/Cobla Sant Jordi (an ethno-jazz Catalan orchestra), Filthy Habits Ensemble (a jazz octet playing Zappa's and Stravinsky's repertoire), Cows On Trees (a jazz-improv quartet with Susana Santos Silva and Kaja Draksler), Balimonster (an impro-ethno duo with Angel Ontalva), Yedo Gibson-Vasco Trilla duo (an improv sax & drums duo), Outerzone (jazz-core), Reptilian Mambo (mambo free rock), Liba's Traum, etc.
In the last years he has been playing and experimenting on the free-improv scene, applying extended techniques to the kit and treating it as a textural-melodic instrument. Blowing, bowing, scratching, playing with hands and all kinds of objects, all is valid to expand the vocabulary of this innovative percussionist. He played with improvisers, such as: Lotte Anker, Marshall Allen, Yedo Gibson, Susana Santos Silva, Kaja Draksler, Jasper Stadhouders, Mikloaj Trzaska, Martin Kuchen, Richard Barrett, Jorma Tapio, Christher Bothen, Marc Stucki, Luc Ex. etc...
He has released around 30 CDs in labels such as Cuneiform Records (USA), Altrock Records (Italy), Leo Records (UK) Discordian Records (Barcelona, Spain), Audition Records (Mexico), El Negocito Records (Belgium), Jacc Records (Portugal), Fmr Records (UK)."-Vasco Trilla Website (http://vascotrilla.com/)
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1. Hg 38:00
2. Br 05:19
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"From the very beginning of the band there has been a dichotomy in the heart of Phicus' music: for every loud and aggressive impulse there's an instinct that leads back to the more meditative and static territories. A ying for every yang. A cold and hidden dark side of the moon.
The initial plan for the recording of the second album was to make something louder, sludgier, much nastier than the first release Plom or their collaborations with Martin Küchen and Illia Belorukov. During the live European dates of the previous year they had been playing noisier and harder than ever before, building sets around down-tuned double bass bowings, guitar feedback and sulphurous drumming. It was fun. It was wild. It felt natural for the band to plan the recording session in that direction.
And, in a way, that was how the session went. The working titles speak for themselves: several "Doom" pieces, "Gorecki Hardcore"... as always happens, it wasn't exactly as planned, but it worked out quite well. Much of the music included in Solid (Astral Spirits 2020) was from these early sessions. They were excited about finally making the "loud" album, but....
...but, as said before, the double nature of Phicus started to play its games. What if what they just recorded was some sort of "photographic negative" of another album, the "real" one that they should be making instead? Or maybe they should do this "other" album, the "quiet one", to work as a canvas for the "real" one? Who is the doppelganger and who is the "me"?
So they just did it. They moved the double bass outside of the cabin where it was placed for the previous day sessions, turned down the amps and started playing some of their most meditative music to date. And the point is that it was easy. Not just easy, it was effortless. The very first 40 minutes of music from this "alternative" session are captured here on Liquid.
Taken as an isolated piece of music it works as the best display yet of the band's more contemplative playing. A faded photography of an almost forgotten memory. Beautiful but slightly unsettling. But if you take it as a part of a bigger picture you can't avoid finding echoes of its sibling's brutality everywhere. A slab of distorted guitar is now a subtle long tone, the metallic growl of the cymbals is now a shimmering bell-like sound, the savage multiphonics are now gentle bowed harmonics. Nothing really disappearing, just suffering a change. Sea-change, into something rich and strange.
From solid state to liquid state. And back. "-TripTicks Tapes
"The Phicus trio -guitarist Fages, double bass player Reviriego and drummer Vasco Trilla, proved already that it can make some brutal noise - literally - in its first albums, alone or with Swedish sax player Martin Küchen and Russian sax player Ilia Belorukov, with its very own recipe of guitar feedback, down-tuned double bass bowings and sulfurous drumming. But Liquid, recorded a day after the explosive Solid (Astral Spirits, 2020), and at the same studio, Rosazul Studio in Barcelona in April 2019, suggests another side of Phicus. The other side is as essential as the wild and the aggressive one, but totally different, meditative and static. Phicus was once described as "Keiji Haino meets AMM", and accordingly, if Solid represented the Haino's yin side, then Liquid is the AMM's yang side in Phicus universe.
Liquid is the fifth album of Phicus and offers two pieces. The 38-minutes of "Hg" is a highly reserved and quiet but quite unsettling drone, corresponding with the opening pieces of Solid, "HgO", and flirting with the sonic territory of SUNN O))). Phicus relies on this brooding, contemplative piece on the subtle distorted and resonant, long guitar lines of Fages, the ethereal multiphonics and gentle harmonics of Reviriego's arco playing and the metallic growl of Trilla's cymbals. Mid-piece, the tension intensifies methodically but never reaches a grandiose, meltdown peak as on previous efforts of Phicus, and subsides later on. The second, shorter "Br" suggests more bright colors and reserved playfulness within the quiet and subtle framework. Phicus emphasizes here different elements of its mission: to speculate with silence, pull the noise out of joint, rearrange the timbre, scrap the tradition to explore its very own harmonic universe forged of the energy of a blazing forest into flame, where solely simple, lanceolate, obverse-shining leaves remain alive. And does it brilliantly."-Eyal Hareuveni, The Free Jazz Collective
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