Three:four is happy to introduce you to its first totally Swiss record. Although half of the label is based in Lausanne, we haven’t had the opportunity to work with local bands before. Consider it done with this new record that gathers the cream of the scene from Romandy. Their discographies are proof enough of the vast musical universe they evolve into, with a tendency for all experimentations.
Bio + Larkian + Les Poissons Autistes’s record is the result of a remote collaboration that occurred through the exchange of files between those three Swiss bands from the experimental and electroacoustic scene. Within seven tracks, the musicians explore and mix up their various backgrounds, going from folk to electro, through jazz, post-rock, metal, country-western, classical music and even Mongolian traditional folklore, with a lot of noise in the midst. All that could be summed up by the fifth track: “Vous faites vraiment trop chier” (which translates roughly as: « You fuckers »).
Mastered by Julien Grandjean at Jetlag Studio in Vevey, this release is a 500 CD edition that comes in recycled cardboard digifile format, printed by Stumptown Printers. The cover was made by Didier Oberson and the result is just astounding.
The compilation features 12 tracks from some of the globe’s most talented sound-designers. It is a subtly rewarding headphone listen from start to finish; curated and ordered to purposefully induce a state of sleep. Starting off minimally, gradually gathering tone and atmosphere, the experience goes on without ever boiling over or reaching a crescendo. Parts of the album are light and restful whereas traces of it tread darker territory. All in all, the imagery that the album conjurs sits perfectly as a soundtrack to the dreams one experiences during a nights sleep.
Inside the book: 36-pages from Internet monsters Everything Is Terrible!; interviews with musician Robert Scott (the Clean, the Bats) and writer Amelia Gray; music profiles of S. Fla’s finest, The Jacuzzi Boys, and UK ’90s cult band Disco Inferno; fiction by Stacey Levine; photographs by Ted Barron and Gracie Remington; art by Saul Chernick, Pavel Tchelitchew, Cassie Ramone, Ilyas Ahmed.