Francisco Meirino - Anthems For Unsuccessful Winners
WE ARE NONE OF US with Dave Phillips
Double LP Version, Label : Misanthropic Agenda (USA), 200 copies, released : june 2012
A1 : Delenda
A2 : Nepenthe
A3 : Imbroglio
B1 : Haecceity (BONUS TRACK)
B2 : Sophomania
C1 : Anhedonia
C2 : Selcout (BONUS TRACK)
D1 : Exipotic auturgy
This 2xLP version contains 2 additional tracks not included on the CD and comes with download card for bonus live track, a recording of their full performance at Ertz Festival, Bera, Spain, 11 sept. 2010.
Recorded in our bedrooms in Lausanne and Zürich between 2005 and 2011.
Artwork by Seraina Schwegler.
Francisco Meirino & Dave Phillips have collaborated on this extremely dynamic electro-acoustic studio album. Through meticulous arrangement of electronics, processed sound and field recordings they create a dark and unsettling audio narrative. Francisco and Dave both said "We Are None of Us" was inspired by horror film soundtracks from the 70's and 80's siting influences such as Krzysztof Komeda, John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi, Goblin, Jerry Goldsmith, Tobe Hooper, Joseph Loduca, John Harrison, Bernard Herrmann, Christopher Young, James Horner, Wendy Carlos, David Lynch, Ennio Morricone etc. "We Are None of Us" exemplifies these two masters at the best of their craft.
CD, Misanthropic Agenda (USA) & Domizil (CH), 300 copies, Digipak, released : september 2010
01 : Delenda
02 : Nepenthe
03 : Imbroglio
04 : Sophomania
05 : Anhedonia
06 : Exipotic auturgy
Some weeks ago I received the official announcement that Francisco Meirino is no longer using the name Phroq as his moniker, but from now on wishes to work under his real name only. I wrote about this tendency before, and no doubt it has something to do with opting to be taken more seriously (by whom I wonder?). Dave Philips works as such for a much longer period of time. There is an interesting parallel to be drawn from both artists, which is that both work with what I call intelligent noise. Both of them use the collage/cut-up in a dramatic way. They have various building blocks of electro-acoustic sounds and field recordings at their disposal, which they cut together. Sometimes deceivingly silent and quite, which can linger on quite a bit, but just when you don't expect this, they cut it out with some harsh, nasty sound. That happens a few times on their collaborative work, as its hardly a surprise that both man work together. The six pieces on this work, which took four years to create, are excellent examples of their work. There is a great sense of story telling in these pieces, although its not obvious what this story is. Its captivating music throughout, very intense and thoughtful. Sometimes this puts you off, since there are odd changes and interruptions, loud as hell, but you can not help but sucked into this music. Definitely from the background of noise music, but with so much more to tell and with so much more pleasure to hear. Excellent collaboration. (FdW)