Francisco Meirino – Anthems For Unsuccessful Winners

CD-R (limited edition of 99 copies, sold out)
ec16 | April 2010

“Anthems for Unsuccessful Winners” continues the work started on my previous release “Connections, opportunities for mistakes”. The music is based on the idea that there is beauty in failure, on recording what is not supposed to be : gear failures, death of a PA system, electro-static noise. “Anthems…” adds attempts at using the limits of compression and equalisation to reach the end of what is audible on digital support. Assembled and recorded at Shiver Mobile in Lausanne, Switzerland and New York, USA by F. Meirino 2009-2010.

Music by Francisco Meirino, 2009-2010
Production, mastering and design by Francisco Meirino, 2010

Excerpt- The deterioration of distress:

Up until last year Francisco Meirino used the name Phroq as an alias, but like so many he left that behind and now works under his own name. It’s interesting to see that similarity with Joe Colley (formerly known as Crawl Unit) and Andy Orthmann (Panicsville). There is also another parallel to be drawn between these three. They all have a background in good solid noise, but when working under the own name, their all seems to have opened up the noise approach in favor of musique concrete. By incorporating electro-acoustic sounds and field recordings, along with heavily processed versions thereof, they create their own approach to noise, and one that is actually all the more interesting. Meirino here has the same approach as on ‘Connections, Opportunities For Mistakes’ (which I don’t got reviewed here): the beauty of failure. Gear breaking down, the death of a PA system, electro-static noise and such like. These events are not presented ‘as such’, but the sounds are used in various combinations, in a strong musical collage. Sometimes dense, sometimes stretched out, but then also at other times abrupt endings (the failure ending in a full stop), swift changes in the material. The cover says we should hear these six pieces as one track (although individually titled), which then probably even makes more sense. A pretty strong work, I’d say. If more noise was like this and not the storm of distortion, then I’d be more than happy. Even when this release opens with ‘Winning Is Overrated’, I’d say this is a winner.

“Anthems for unsuccessful winners” by Francisco Meirino, that was recently released on Echomusic, is an album that shows Francisco’s turn towards more electroacoustic paths, gradually leaving behind the noise-extravagantza of the past, under the moniker Phroq. Not that at that time there were not moments were he put out amazing pieces, like the relatively recent Half Asleep Music, on Entr’acte, but his gradual turn from noisescapes towards more electronic/electroacoustic soundscapes show new potential that he can develop. So, at least, it seems from the 6 pieces of this CD-R that can be listened to as one track or autonomus (or randomly) and that are thicker of more frequency based. I’m curious to see what he will present in the future.


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