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SET FIRE TO FLAMES

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SET FIRE TO FLAMES is a collective of thirteen musicians from the Montreal experimental music community from bands such as GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR, A SILVER MT. ZION, HRSTA, FLY PAN AM, EXHAUST, HANGED UP and others. The story behind their albums is pretty "odd". They wanted to do them like they where some sort of experiments. "Sings Reign Rebuilder" was recorded in a five day period isolated in an old and fallen down apartment with little to no sleep, varying levels of intoxication and in physical confinement, pushing the limitations of the human body. Their second album, "Telegraphs In Negative/ Mouths Trapped In Static" was recorded in a barn, but they used the same elements as in the first one. The results of these sessions where two albums that takes you into their minds and emotions at the momment of the recordings very eerie, slow and haunting in nature. Both albums where mostly improvised with some thought ideas thrown into the mix. Every single element was crucial to their final sound. The creaking floor, people walking up and down the stairs, police cars outside, birds singing and other ambient sounds helped make the albums eerie sound.


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See also:
- A Silver Mt. Zion
- Fly Pan Am
- Godspeed You Black Emperor!
- Valley Of The Giants




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Discography:
Signs Reign Rebuilder (2001)
Telegraphs In Negative / Mouths Trapped In Static (2003)

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3.69 | 12 ratings
Sings Reign Rebuilder
2001
3.04 | 7 ratings
Telegraphs in Negative / Mouths Trapped in Static
2003

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 Telegraphs in Negative / Mouths Trapped in Static by SET FIRE TO FLAMES album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.04 | 7 ratings

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Telegraphs in Negative / Mouths Trapped in Static
Set Fire To Flames Post Rock/Math rock

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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3.69 | 12 ratings

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Set Fire To Flames Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Set Fire to Flames is a Godspeed You Black Emperor side project based heavily around improvisation and taking the "found audio" aspect of Godspeed's sound to the absolute limit. The entire album was recorded not in the Hotel2Tango, the usual haunt of Godspeed and its related bands, but in a creaky, abandoned, soon to be demolished old house, and the band made a deliberate decision not to edit out any incidental noises (to the extent where a passing police car ends up getting a performer credit on one song). The end result is intriguing: whereas on Godspeed's albums there's a disjunction between the impeccably produced instrumental playing and the scratchy found audio clips, here the instrumentals are the found audio. It's far more successful an experiment than I expected it to be, that's for sure.

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Set Fire To Flames Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars Yet another Post Rock group that calqued their sound on the famous GYBE!, which is easily understood since this is an Aidan-led project, therefore a GYBE! spin-off. One of the most disturbing things with this project is that it doesn't really offer much more than GYBE! (unlike Fly Pan Am or Silver Mountain Zion), but stays even more atmospheric and ambient than the chief project. Another surprise is the project's presence on a different label than Constellation (although there might be a link between them and P-Vine),

Still loaded with doom and gloom and clearly alluding to heavy drugs descend into hell (through prostitution and slow body deperishment and the whole shebang) and unlike GYBE!'s usual albums, the message is loud and clear. However, this doesn't stop Aidan and the gang from relying on the old and tried recipes, which means that this sounds like the same old soup being reheated. They even fall into the pit of these long monologues (which plague GYBE!'s works) and make this album relatively difficult for repeated listens, not that you'd really want to spin this album regularly.

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 Telegraphs in Negative / Mouths Trapped in Static by SET FIRE TO FLAMES album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.04 | 7 ratings

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Set Fire To Flames Post Rock/Math rock

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

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.

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 Sings Reign Rebuilder by SET FIRE TO FLAMES album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.69 | 12 ratings

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Set Fire To Flames Post Rock/Math rock

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

4 stars I’m not sure this is technically a band; it’s more like a project. Set Fire to Flames first appeared as a live act in 1999, which apparently is the only time they appeared live. Shortly afterward the thirteen musicians holed themselves up in an old apartment in Montreal for five days and, deprived of sleep and sometimes food, proceeded to get all f**ked up and record hours upon hours of loosely scripted (and highly improvised) music. Mixed in with the arrangements (if you can call them that) are street sounds much like those Godspeed You! Black Emperor were famous for around the same time.

And that shouldn’t be surprising since about half the group was made up of Godspeed members, including mixmaster/guitarists Michael Moya and Roger Tellier-Craig; percussionists Bruce Cawdron and Fluffy Erskine; and the string section from the first two Godspeed albums as well as inaugural A Silver Mt. Zion members Beck Foon and Sophie Trudeau.

In addition to the street sounds, the recordings included a number of other environmental noises from the apartment surroundings including creaking doors and steps; voices of people coming in and out of the building; and cars moving about nearby.

The overall sound is not totally unlike that of Godspeed’s 1999 EP ‘Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada’, but in the case of Set Fire to Flames there aren’t really any slowly building crescendos or long cacophonic explosions of instrumental sound to speak of. Instead the musicians recorded about a dozen hours of noise, music, and improvisational noodling and patched it together in a collection of fifteen titled tracks, some of which sort of resemble songs. They’re really more like little mood pieces meant to evoke emotions or simply to invite thoughtful reflection. Or maybe they’re simply a form of head candy to accompany listeners during their own physical/mental deprivation experiences. Who knows.

The more interesting tracks include the eerie and almost ambient “Omaha”; “Cote d'Abrahms Roomtone / 'What's Going On?...' (From Lips of Lying Dying Wonder Body #3)” with its “Several Species of Small Furry Animals…” like electronic noises and rambling recorded voices; and the heavily acoustic and hopeful-sounding “Injur: Gutted Two-Track...”.

But the real gem in this collection is the ten-minute slowly-building “Jesus/Pop...”, which is not only the most cohesive track on the album, but also the closest thing to a Godspeed work as you’re likely to hear anywhere outside of that band’s own four albums. And speaking of Godspeed, there are many snippets of strings, guitar, and percussion sprinkled throughout the album that can be traced back to the first two Godspeed albums if one felt the urge to pick through and identify them. Again, not surprising considering that except for Efrim Menuck, most of the key players from that band appear here as well.

The thing I like best about this album is that it incorporates the best of the eclectic and disturbing instrumental experimentation found with Godspeed, but at the same time avoids the rather predictable slow-intro/street-sounds/crescendo/explosion/fade pattern that Godspeed slipped into on all three of their full-length albums. In that respect this is a lot more experimental and adventurous, much like several of the A Silver Mt. Zion albums of the last few years.

This music isn’t for everyone, not even for all fans of experimental or post-rock music. If you are a bit of a stoner, you’ll undoubtedly find this album to be a stimulating sensory experience. Likewise if you’re just bored with predictable progressive music and are looking for something new that stretches the boundaries. For adventurous souls like these, this is a highly recommended work, and a four star experience.

peace

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 Sings Reign Rebuilder by SET FIRE TO FLAMES album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.69 | 12 ratings

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Set Fire To Flames Post Rock/Math rock

Review by bamba

4 stars Well like the other constellation label groups Set fire to flames have members from Godspeed, Silver mount Zion and others, but in this case they get reunited to record in a house in Montreal, and they spent days just recording and mixing the sounds and noises with a very large and vast line up of Musical instruments, The result was a mix between strange sounds, noises, voices, blows, Crackles, urban noises and musical ideas melted perfectly. You can hear from footsteps and bizarre percussive sounds to some very strange chair noises, also like in every Godspeed album they put street noises and people talking, laughing and digressing.

In Sings Reign Rebuilder we can hear a more consistent and coherent work than in their second release, could we labeled as depressing heart rendering In some moments but its more than that, its hopeful and fascinating , and we have some really interesting pieces like "Steal Compass", "Omaha", "Vienna Arcweld", "Shit-Heap-Gloria Of The New Town Planning" and others (all instrumental); I could say that there's no filler or disappointing parts here. Because this is a experimental work could be difficult in the first listens to get the idea about what they were are trying to say with this record. So be patient because its something like you probably never heard before. It's a free will work of art, because they don't have any intension to be commercially successful, its just about music.

Comparing their sound with Godspeed and others its comprehensible, but this is new and refreshing for the post rock/experimental genre, because many of the "new" post rock bands just repeat the same formula and don't contribute whit anything new.

Son if you are really open minded and want to try something really new, try Sings Reign Rebuilder, It will make you think about some serious #@*4 . Totally recommended. 4.5 stars.

BAMBA. Landaus Gomez

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