The Quietus - A new rock music and pop culture website


WATCH: Fiium Shaarrk - Wozzeck's Variations
Laurie Tuffrey , December 12th, 2012 12:21

Debut album by experimentalists out this week; Four Tet support date set for next year

Experimental percussion collective Fiium Shaarrk released their first album, No Fiction Now!, on Monday via Not Applicable - have a watch of the video for LP cut 'Wozzeck's Variations':

Fiium Shaarrk - Wozzeck's Variations from not applicable on Vimeo.

The trio comprises Sam Britton of Icarus, working under his solo moniker Isambard Khroustaliov, and virtuoso drummer Rudi Fischerlehner and percussionist Maurizio Ravalico. The album was recorded using some impressive technology, working on beat detection software that provided a more interactive link between the drummers and the electronics.

The album is something of a tour de force of time-bending rhythmic complexity and flittish electronic tumult, a formidable product of this man/machine synthesis. While the text accompanying the album explains that the album was recorded in a "spooky, half abandoned old DDR radio complex in Berlin", the atmosphere of the record isn't at all alienating; instead, the clattering, free-improv movements produce something altogether more euphoric-sounding.

While the band have just completed a European tour, they've announced a show supporting, fittingly, Four Tet at Heaven in London on February 2013; for more details head here.

If you love our features, news and reviews, please support what we do with a one-off or regular donation. Year-on-year, our corporate advertising is down by around 90% - a figure that threatens to sink The Quietus. Hit this link to find out more and keep on Black Sky Thinking.