UNHAPPY FLY

DEBUT LP (EMOTIONAL RESPONSE)

UNHAPPY FLY - DEBUT LP 139243
Format:
1 LP
Release:
24.04.2020
Label:
EMOTIONAL RESPONSE
Kat.-Nr.:
139243
Barcode:
0600607753721
Limited Red Vinyl LP. Avant-pop masterpiece debut featuring members of PiL / The Homosexuals etc_ Unhappy Fly are: Richard Dudanski - drums, congas, percussions, voice.

Xentos Fray Bentos - vocals, blowpipe, guitar, piano, Baroque clavichord. Sarah Washington - vocals, harmonies, synths, circuits.

John Glyn - multiple saxes, flute, ghaita. Unhappy Fly: Dudanski and Xentos have joined with vocalist/radio artist Sarah Washington and sax blower John Glyn for their latest project.

4 years of recording in and around Granada and UK using locations ranging from abandoned soft drinks factories to gin-slugging auntie's living rooms have resulted in this Unhappy Fly collection: a syncopated soundscape of para-reductive pop based on Xentos' valorised rococo productions allied with Dudanski's daedalian drums.

Featuring a sizeable crew of musical collaborators, and drawing on Washington's curlicued harmonies and John Glyn's multiple saxes, it is a music that invites slippery categorisation.

Xentos Fray Bentos : Kicked out of the Avant Garde for misbehaving, Xentos 'Fray' Bentos (Aka Amos, Narki Brillans etc) sat around sulking for many a year, sending obnoxious texts and tweets.

Xentos 'Fray' Bentos is a keen singer and multi-instrumentalist as any number of children whose Christmas's he has ruined can tell you.

His unique collection of instruments includes some poor examples of blowpipe, a barely functioning synthesiser and an early Baroque clavichord, all of which feature on the music of Unhappy Fly along with the usual mess of synths, goblets, guitars, bass, piano, what-have-you.

// Richard Dudanski, A drummer/multi-percussionist whose musical bio starts back in 1974 with Joe Strummer in protopunk, squat rock band "The 101'ers" and takes us through a whole heap of bands, traipsing his traps through West London streets with the likes of Tymon Dogg & The Fools, Bank of Dresden, Tesco Bombers, Vincent Units, The Raincoats, metal-box Public Image Ltd, Basement 5 etc.

Dudanski's next adventure involved a wide-ranging six month trip to Brazil to soak up the rhythms of the maracatu and funk Carioca_ // John Glyn has played with some people who can be regarded as well-known, and some who are obscure.

He enjoys playing in genres that can be easily accessed on mainstream radio, and some which many would not recognise as music.

// Sarah Washington is a musician, instrument builder, teacher, writer and broadcaster.

Sarah creates hand-made electronic instruments by circuit bending toys, and utilises ultrasonic devices and radio technology.

She plays in several ephemeral groups and the duo Tonic Train which explores the sensitivities of wild circuitry and radio feedback.

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  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. NOW ALASDAIR OWNS ME
  • 1.2. BONEYARD
  • 1.3. SUPERFIFCIAL
  • 1.4. HOLOCENE
  • 1.5. FEET OF CLAY
  • 1.6. ELECTRIC LIGHT
  • 1.7. ANGRY IN THE HEAD
  • 1.8. SINGING FLAME
  • 1.9. HIT 'N' MISS
  • 1.10. BIG PICTURE
  • 1.11. GOLDEN