FAY combines a Holly Herndonesque approach to chopping and screwing her own voice with a drone-dub aesthetic and an avant approach to electronic music. She makes haunted mini-choirs out of her voice, re-sampled and pitch-shifted, and implants these into tracks of broken-up electronics. Deal is a strange and eerie listen indeed. Released by the Time No Place label.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 01 March 2017
Reviews. Hmm. How to start them… Ah, I know, a joke. How about, this review intro, huh? Nailed it. Ok so This is Fay from a band called Pit Er Pat who have had 4 releases on Thrill Jockey so how I’m new to them is a mystery. They haven’t released anything since 2010 though, so it’s good to see that Fay is keeping the whole music thing going with some oddball rhythmic electronic vignettes.
As a point of reference, I’d say that this is similar to Driftmachine’s semi-danceable swaying rhythms but with all synths replaced with Fay Davis-Jeffers’ voice, pitching up and down as if sampled and played on a keyboard as if it’s the most normal thing in the world. It’s 2017, it probably is. Her method of chopping is sort of like Cristobal Tapia de Veer’s Utopia and Holly Herndon, but with neither of their metallic glitched-out electronic madness. Some of it has the swung feel of 80s electro/hip-hop crossover, which also extends to her choice of drum sounds and a general sparseness of production, never feeling overcrowded but sometimes veering toward the empty. One for the minimalist beat-lovers?
You’re sometimes treated to such things as deep dub bass wumps but perhaps I could do with more of that and a little more in the way of fleshed-out sound gubbins. But it’s a great sound and damn, is she good at that sample slice thing. How to end a review? Yes.
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