Wednesday, April 23, 2014

12 O'Clock Track: 'Face II,' some mind-warping minimalist grooves from Fay

Posted By on 04.23.14 at 12:00 PM

FAY
  • courtesy of Time No Place Records
  • Fay
Fay Davis-Jeffers, the former singer, keyboardist, and guitarist in the quirky Chicago art-rock band Pit Er Pat, recently dropped Deathwatch (Time No Place), the second album under her solo guise Fay. It's another beguiling effort of minimalist grooves, terse melodic fragments, and spooky vibes, and once again it doesn't sound like much else out there today. Davis-Jeffers pieces together looped samples and licks played on guitar, keyboards, and percussion—the track "One Last Thing" seems to borrow beats from an Arabic pop record—as well as her own largely wordless vocal snippets into claustrophobic, tightly coiled constellations of sound that, depending on the track, twitch and throb and sometimes billow into murky clouds of dubbed-out refraction. Today's 12 O'Clock Track is her mind-warping "Face II."

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