A strong name for a trio that hangs out in the less-muscular post-rock
and ambient genres, Charles Atlas gets the remix treatment for its 2002
Worsted Weight album from a collection of the all-underrated
team in the IDM and space-rock fields, including the likes of Strategy,
Tele:Funken, and the Telescopes.
You can certainly listen to Fabricate as all of a piece, since
everyone seems t color their mixes with the same range of crayons -- think
the various shades of brown in a 64-pack of Crayolas. However, now and
then, a track may cause you to perk up your ears and pay a bit more attention.
Sybarite's reworking of "Sun with Teeth" peppers the simple
melody and muted strings with drum-machine pops and a sly sax, and Casino
vs. Japan grounds its typical hash-pipe electronics with a spaghetti-western
guitar lick on its mix of "The Deades Bar." On its version of
"Strategies for Success Boxes", Pram goes lounge with tinkling
electric piano and smoove organ washes, while Signaldrift dares to get
funky with a backbeat on its take on the same song. Isan adds some tension
to its remix of "One Foot Under," with melodramatic strings
seargin as a counterpoint to the pensive one-hand keyboard melody, and
Nudge closes things off with a ride in the sunset, complete with requisite
brittly chiming guitars and plaintive trumpet.
While there isn't a bum track on Fabricate, some mixes seem to
drift away from your consciousness more than others (particularly the
one-two combo of Isan's "Elysium" mix and Stendec's "Port,
Noise Complaint" version). It walks a fine line just on this side
of a coffeehouse playlist.