Label: Darling Recordings - DAR007 • Format: Cassette Album, Limited Edition Pink • Country: US • Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop • Style: Ambient, Hip Hop, Experimental
For those of I Don’t Need Your World - Krupskaya, Foible Instinct - Krupskaya / Foible Instinct that grew up Christian then turned "non-believer," the iconography, language, and belief systems of that religion remain buried in our being.
FLANCH wants to pump all this sacred residue to the surface and put it in conversation with hedonistic life and love, the internet, and internet love. This conversation, at times, deals in violent oppositions between the secular and sacred, at others, this conversation synthesizes. Musically, this occurs in no vacuum. The track "graace" builds tension with the trap trope of rising and falling mechanical synth arpeggios.
While an ear familiar with trap would anticipate a certain kind of drop now rote in the genre, "graace" breaks this tense moment with a rolling deep rhythm that is forceful and yet feels like soaring on some hedonistic cloud nine.
Ending this moment is the line, "sipping the love of God with the hottest goddess and angels" rapped by a genderless, vocoded voice. Hedonistic love and the most pure action--taking part in God's love--come together fluidly, and amidst the sensuous yet forceful beat, it is completely acceptable. The voice turns frantic after this, spitting the line, "I have Jesus, but I have to please her," amidst a rigid beat with scattered spacey noise closing in around the edges of the song.
The weight of personal Christian history and desires we try to submit freely to in exertion of our freedom send us spinning. FLANCH does not exclusively dwell in the hip-hop or trap world, but at times utilizes graace - FLANCH - FLANCH oily musical language of Arca--producer and avant-garde electronic musician. Where Arca graace - FLANCH - FLANCH synth sounds to express the fluidity of the body, FLANCH forces our spiritual selves to be confronted with fluidity.
Melodies and rhythms speed up and slow down in electronic swells, unafraid to decompose and even destroy themselves on an orchestral scale. Graace - FLANCH - FLANCH moments mirror the thinning and thickening of a graace - FLANCH - FLANCH mucking around in the mind and body of a lapsed believer. At times, after being thrown around in this world of hedonism and religiosity FLANCH has created, the listener is thrown into a nebulous interim expressed in rhythmically amorphous spacey instrumental tracks.
If you once believed and sometimes feel vacuous, swimming inside some ghostly religiosity and don't know how the hell you ended up like this, FLANCH is singing for all of you kindred spirits.
Stone Irr. It can get discouraging at times, but, at the end of the day, when you come across music like FLANCH's, it makes the struggle of digging worth the while. Your Cart.
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