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by Freq. Magnet

Freq. Magnet's third "guitar-only" release covers ground from sparse, ambient pieces, to short blasts of heavy rock, to shoegaze without vocals, and closes with a cover of The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes". 12 tracks, 2 "sides", 1 cohesive work.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jazzy Bombastic Intro
0:46 $0.49
2. Quiet Song #3
Freq. Magnet
3:49 $0.99
3. Parler de trois notes
Freq. Magnet
3:15 $0.99
4. Chuchotement de quatre notes
Freq. Magnet
6:30 $0.99
5. Pelates
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10:50 $0.99
6. Quiet Song
Freq. Magnet
7:48 $0.99
7. Massive Riffage
Freq. Magnet
1:00 $0.99
8. Who Will Keep The Keepers?
9:11 $0.49
9. Divebomb
Freq. Magnet
0:37 $0.99
10. avoirdupois
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13:24 $0.99
11. Wallowsound
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15:49 $0.99
12. Derierre Des Il Bleu
Freq. Magnet
6:48 $1.99
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Album Notes
Nicked is the third release by Freq. Magnet (pronounced "freak magnet") an Austere solo side-project focusing on guitar only, using loopers, a “ridiculous amount of pedals and effects”, piano, field recordings, other odd instruments and as always, Space Echo, to create psychedelic, “zone-out ambient mindgaze musick.”

Originally planned as a CD of “borrowed samples made irrecognizable”, the three year process to completion lead down
different paths of experimentation with guitar effects and looping, all recorded directly, resulting in complex, multi-layered, often dense tracks that border somewhere between “ambient” and “rock” while rarely stepping entirely into either genre; bending, leaning, changing, but never standing in one place for too long.

This new release is best seen as two sides of an LP, six tracks per side, two different styles each. Songs on “side one” are based on simple three- and four-note phrases and chords, textured and layered, minimal and spacious, full of glitches, all for shorter pieces of trance-inducing musick. Blissed-out, serene, gentle, all with minute detail; inspired by Bark Psychosis’ “Hex”. It is musick “designed to be listened to between 1:19 and 3:37 am” as SandSpider put it in 1999.

The second “side” turns into longer tracks ala Labradford and Windy & Carl but branching out on very different directions. “Side two” has a strong bent towards shoegaze sans vocals, short bursts of heavy guitar freak-out, and closes with full-out psyche-rock cover of Peter Dennis Blanford Townshend's "Behind Blue Eyes" with a long-running Portland, Oregon band King Black Acid.

As diverse as it is cohesive, individual tracks blend from one to the next, each anchored by a repeating “base” that crosses over and creates a bridge to guide from one track to the next. Based almost entirely on guitar, a focus was to “write ambient mindscapes” while emphasizing the guitar as the main source, along with other background instruments, sound loops and samples. Many of the tracks eschew heavy processing seen on past releases. “The guitar is far from hidden on this release; quite the contrary, it and particular sounds are front and foremost. Starting out with fairly minimal tracks based on short note sequences, this CD builds into long pulsating pieces, absolute ‘shoegaze’ monsters, and ends with a devastating cover of The Who’s ‘Behind Blue Eyes’. Just as Freq. Magnet’s first two CDs sounded very little alike in style, this third owns its own ground somewhere between the two. A possible classic.”
- Wayne Dolman, Scintillating Spelling Bee



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