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Set Fire To Flames

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Set Fire To Flames Telegraphs in Negative / Mouths Trapped in Static album cover
3.13 | 9 ratings | 2 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1
1. Deja, Comme des Trous de Vent, Comme Reproduit (6:41)
2. Small Steps Against Inertia/Echo of a Dead End (3:00)
3. Measure de Mesure (4:43)
4. Holy Throat Hiss Tracts to the Sedative Hypnotic (3:37)
5. When Sorrow Shoots Her Darts (3:10)
6. Kill Fatigue Frequencies (1:28)
7. In Prelight Isolate (15:07)
8. Tehran in Seizure / Telegraphs in Negative (5:54)

CD 2
1. Your Guts Are Like Mine (2:14)
2. Fukt Perkusiv/Something About Bad Drugs, Schizophrenics and Grain Silos... (8:09)
3. Sleep Maps (11:49)
4. Something About Eva Mattes in the Halo of Exploding Street Lamps... (1:47)
5. Buzz of Barn Flies Like Faulty Electronics (3:38)
6. And the Birds Are About to Bust Their Guts With Singing (4:51)
7. Rites of Spring Reverb (3:32)
8. Mouths Trapped in Static (2:26)
9. This Thing Between Us Is a Rickety Bridge of Impossible Crossing/Bonfires For Nobody... (5:32)

Line-up / Musicians

- Speedy Weaver / guitar
- Beckie Foon / cello
- Sophie Trudeau / violin, glockenspiel, trompet
- Gordon Krieger / clarinet
- Thea Pratt / trompette
- Michael Moya / guitar, magnetic tapes
- Geneviève Heistek / violin
- Jean-Sébastien Truchy / bass, double bass, musical box
- Bruce Cawdron / battery, percussions, marimba
- Roger Tellier-Craig / guitar, platinized cd, recorder
- David Bryant / guitar, recorder
- Fluffy Erskine / musical saw, percussions, musical box, recorder
- Christof Migone / recorder, electronics

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SET FIRE TO FLAMES Telegraphs in Negative / Mouths Trapped in Static ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
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Review by ClemofNazareth
2 stars There was something I suspected after listening to Set Fire to Flames’ first album, but only confirmed after hearing this one: Efrim Menuck really was the genius behind Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Of all the Constellation bands to come out of that Mile End cult (er, “movement”), the only other one that holds up against Godspeed is A Silver Mt. Zion, and Menuck has been the driving force behind that band too. All the others – Hrsta, 1-Speed Bicycle, Shalabi Effect, etc. just seem to lack the dramatic intensity of Godspeed. And so it is with Set Fire to Flames, despite them claiming at least a half-dozen formed Godspeed and Mt Zion members among their group.

These guys remind me most of Fly Pan Am, another sort of Godspeed offshoot that practiced the same type of sonic sculpting of fuzz, feedback, haphazard crescendos, and violent strings. But both of these bands seem to revel in either twisting around easily recognizable Menuck arrangements, or simply scratching out some mildly interesting riff and then repeating it ad nausea. This just doesn’t capture the imagination and hold it like Menuck’s work tends to do.

Not to say there aren’t a few interesting tracks – with seventeen to choose from on this two-disc set, there was bound to be something worth listening to. “Buzz of Barn Flies like Faulty Electronics” is a kind of electronic/feedback/free form jazz on acid kind of thing that is actually quite original, although never really picks up any kind of steam. And the one immediately following it (“And The Birds Are About To Bust Their Guts With Singing”) sounds an awful lot like some of A Silver Mt Zion’s instrumental works, which is a compliment as far as I’m concerned.

And on the ‘Telegraphs in Negative’ disc “When Sorrow Shoots Her Darts” is a sonic delight with lots of tension and discordant strings that keeps a decent pace. But that is really the only mildly interesting track on that whole disk – the rest is a combination of barely perceptible strings, percussion, and rambling spoken-word tracks.

This is one of those albums where I am glad I got a chance to hear it before spending my own money, because it’s doubtful I will ever do so now. Hard-core post-rock fans may find this somewhat interesting, but for me it was a pretty boring way to spend an hour and a half of my life. Two stars, and not much more.


Review by The Truth
COLLABORATOR Post/Math Rock Team
4 stars Whereas I kinda sorta agree with fellow reviewer Clemo of Nazareth, I feel Efrim Menuck is a vital part of Godspeed You! Black Emperor but not what makes them who they are. Indeed, with this record, you see where they get those moments of electronic and some bleak atmospherics with this double album.

Now, while some may find two discs of electronic-y post-rock too much, I definitely am a fan and it captivates me through both discs. It switches genres fairly randomly which I think keeps the listener on their toes, from emotional post-rock moments, to bleak atmospherics, to jazz-rock-ish jams, the record is pretty amazing.

It's only flaws are the few moments it gets too repetitive and that is not often. Much of the time it seems this is the post-rock that would appeal to prog fans the most, complicated and varied.

Album cover is excellent and the song titles are creative as well. Put with some great music, what's there not to like?

4 stars for being pretty dang awesome.

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