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Two things I’ve been digging recently: 1, when ex-noise artists grow older and start making inroads into more melodic terrain and 2, the fact that Matt Mondanile has a label that’s down with the idea of bringing new music and faces to the publics’ attention. Cue the debut LP from Francisco Franco, a Philadelphia trio that feature Rob Francisco (solo noise dude M Ax Noi Mach) and Matt Franco (of the excellent Air Conditioning) who have chosen to move away from being noisy lads and instead concentrate on making music for people with fully functioning ears.
With the help of Unchained’s Nate Davis on bass they’ve come up with a beautifully stark, melodic collection of tracks that draw inspiration from the computer rhythm and chill guitar style of Manchester’s The Durutti Column, cross pollinating it with a Microdisney vibe to great effect. It sounds like classic era Ducktails paying tribute to TDC and it’s so down to earth and simple in it’s approach that you’ll find it impossibly hard to dislike. It’s amateurish in parts and a little clunky in others but when it finds it’s feet on tracks like ‘Celeste’ and ‘Three Cushion Champs’ it’s irrisistably chill listening.
More importantly, it sounds like real music made and recorded by real humans who might not even know exactly what they’re doing (I KNOW!), they’re just doing it - and that’s not an easy thing to come by nowadays. Fuck careerist music culture.
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