Witching Chronicles: Exploring the F/E/A’s Anti

“Anti” marks the third release from the Majorcan post-rock band/collective F/E/A (Forces Elèctriques d’Andorra), and it is a testament to the group’s musical prowess and their unique sonic identity. Recorded live at Diorama Sound with Toni Salvà and mastered by Doug Henderson at Micro Moose Berlin, this record captures the band like never before, showcasing their peak performance and a distinct blend of mantric primitiveness and evocative epicness that has garnered them respect and recognition in both the underground scene and beyond.

F/E/A’s sound can best be described as instrumental rock, heavily influenced by avant-garde sounds. Their music draws inspiration from various genres, ranging from the post-rock textures of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Mogwai to the forceful post-metal of Russian Circles. They incorporate elements of minimalism akin to Glenn Branca, while also channeling the abrasive noise-rock of Boris or Sonic Youth. F/E/A effortlessly blends Swans’ no wave dissonances with the hypnotic rhythms reminiscent of Spacemen 3 or Popol Vuh. These diverse influences coalesce into a unique musical experience characterized by its primitiveness, hypnotic nature, and atmospheric qualities – three adjectives that aptly encapsulate F/E/A’s musical aesthetic.

“Anti” not only showcases the band’s artistic maturity but also represents a significant turning point in their career. The album’s international release in Europe via Sliptrick Records, in the USA with Electric Talon Records, and the support of Error! Music in Spain have further solidified F/E/A’s presence in the global music scene. This wider exposure allows a broader audience to experience the band’s captivating soundscapes and appreciate their unique creative vision.

Throughout the album, F/E/A demonstrates their exceptional musicianship, creating intricate compositions that captivate the listener from start to finish. The live recording brings an added layer of raw energy and intensity to the music, making it an immersive and engaging experience. From the soaring crescendos to the delicate introspective moments, each track on “Anti” showcases the band’s ability to build tension and evoke emotions through their instrumentals alone.

F/E/A are able to craft sonic journeys that traverse vast landscapes of sound. The compositions showcase the band’s command over dynamics, effortlessly transitioning between moments of calm reflection and powerful climaxes. The careful attention to detail in the production and the nuanced performances further elevate the listening experience, inviting the audience into F/E/A’s sonic world.

In conclusion, “Anti” is a remarkable album that solidifies F/E/A’s position as a respected force in the post-rock genre. With their impeccable musicianship, the band effortlessly blends diverse influences to create a sound that is both primal and ethereal. This record is a testament to their growth and showcases their ability to craft evocative and atmospheric compositions. “Anti” is a must-listen for fans of instrumental rock and anyone seeking a captivating musical journey that transcends boundaries.

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Released by Sliptrick Records on June 6th, 2023
Music source for review – Grand Sounds PR

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