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Set Fire To Flames
Telegraphs In Negative / Mouths Trapped In Static (130701 / FatCat)

By: Cam Lindsay

Receiving tons of critical praise for the 2001 album Sings Reign Rebuilder, Set Fire To Flames has fired right back with a double album follow-up that builds on the quiet beauty and intense minimal orchestrations. Based in Montreal, this 13-piece collective retreated to a quiet, discarded farm to record a massive record of sundry, haunting arrangements that move stealthily with guitars, strings and various instrumentations. Though it's barely audible at times, which exhibits their avant-garde, artistic expression, the music constantly builds and builds to become an outlet for extreme experiments in the limitations of sound. Some of it screeches like a horror film that never sees the villain receives its punishment (the epic "In Prelight Isolate"), while other parts explore the world of droned out noise ("Sleep Maps"). Telegraphs In Negative / Mouths Trapped In Static may be divided into two halves, but it flows together as one whole, making for a challenging yet magical study of the possibilities in music making. A-
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