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Fovea Hex


Progressive Electronic

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4 stars This EP is the 3rd in a series of 3 EPs in the series "Neither Speak nor Remain Silent" by Fovea Hex, who by this time was all centered around the artist Clodaugh Simonds, who was the lead singer for a progressive folk band in the 70s called "Mellow Candle". They only released one album in the 70s, and then another one in the 90s. They were obviously not a very well known band, and I can't speak of their music since I haven't heard it. The reason why this was brought to my attention is because both Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp are involved in this EP.

The band records on Wilson's record label. Both Wilson and Fripp contribute guitars on this EP, which is very atmospheric and beautiful. Wilson also contributed treated bass. Their influences and styles are very much apparent on here too as the sound approaches the feel of Bass Communion and also some of Fripp's later music. Fovea Hex has also worked with Brian Eno in past projects. The band is listed under Progressive Electronic. The credit listing only shows traditional and contemporary instruments however, no synths, and the sound is very earthy, folkish and even ambient in some sections.

This is a very beautiful and low-key EP all the way through. Clodaugh's vocals are lovely and fit the music perfectly. It has a slightly Celtic vibe to it, but much more experimental and ambient than what you would expect from Celtic music. There are definitely a lot of treated or slightly processed sounds here, but they work to bring about the overall atmosphere of the music. It is somewhat minimalistic, but not boring in the least. Although it has that celtic vibe to it, it follows no traditional song pattern, and at times is free meter. So it is definitely progressive.

It's too bad it's so short, and it definitely does not wear out it's welcome with only 3 songs spanning about 25 minutes. This is a case where a person would want to get all 3 of the EPs to experience more of this music. The music line up changes and adapts to the feeling of each EP. Even as short of a statement as it is, it is still an excellent addition to any collection.

TCat | 4/5 |


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