Fievel Is Glauque: God’s Trashmen Sent to Right the Mess (“la Loi”, 2021)

March 2, 2021 at 8:30 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Fievel Is Glauque: God’s Trashmen Sent to Right the Mess

One of the most unexpectedly popular underground releases of the year so far, the debut from Brussels-based ensemble Fievel Is Glauque is a stunning art-pop suite somewhere in between yé-yé, bossa nova, Canterbury scene, and lo-fi indie pop. Singer Ma Clément and Blanche Blanche Blanche’s Zach Phillips are the main figures at the forefront of these complex, multifaceted miniatures, yet the 20-track album actually features parts played by dozens of musicians recorded between 2018 and 2020. There’s differences in fidelity and instrumentation, but there’s much more singularity to this album than you’d expect, and it’s shockingly focused. A lot of the tracks whizz by before your brain has absorbed them, requiring multiple replays to decipher them, but some of the immediate standouts include the dreamy holla-back “Hit Me Now”, the perky thrash-jazz of “Unfinding”, and the stream-of-consciousness chamber rap of “Crooks Like Children”.

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