David Fenech – Grand Huit (Tout l’Univers, 2000)

David Fenech
Grand Huit

CD Tout l’Univers TLU005 (France, 2000)

01. Petit huit – Confieso que he vivido
02. Mister Master – Un lacher de lucioles – Jukebox
03. Boeuf bourguiba – Opera en toc
04. Petit soleil – Grand huit – Solaris
05. Heeels
06. Jaune d’oeuf en cage
07. Parisneyland
08. Coralingo – Goulashnikov – Love that feel…

« Grand Huit » is one of my alltime favourites (Felix Kubin).
Recorded completely on a small 4 track studio, this is the first solo cd by David Fenech. This cd is a collection of 8 pieces, that are small movies for the ear. This record includes collaborations with Jean Francois Welter (former drummer of Art Moulu), Falter Bramnk and Fanny Leroy Fenech (David’s ex wife singing in half chinese half russian).
(David Fenech)

David Fenech had a guitar for his tenth birthday and never ceased making music since then. Between 1990 and 1995, he was very active on the mail art network and published tracks on various tape and CD compilations. In 1991, he led the Peu Importe collective in Grenoble. This band played improvised music and punk rock in a spirit close to bands like The Ex or Pere Ubu.
David Fenech released his first solo CD in 2000 on the Tout L’Univers label, and then a duet with Moka. His second album called Polochon Battle was released by inPolysons, a French label.
He also plays improvisation on electric guitar with musicians such as Gino Robair, Tom Cora, Jac Berrocal, Andrea Parkins. He’s also playing duets with musicians like Felix Kubin, Jad Fair, Ergo Phizmiz, Klimperei, James Plotkin (khanate), Shugo Tokumaru, Ramona Cordova, Mr Quark, Toog, Dragibus, Ghédalia Tazartès, etc. He has also worked as a software developer at IRCAM.
His label Demosaurus has published several cds (Ghédalia Tazartès et Frank Pahl).
In 2009, he started to play in a trio with Jac Berrocal and Ghédalia Tazartès.

David Fenech is an artist of the label of Nancy Tout L’Univers. His music is defined as post – musik and a priori, this is not that wrong. The songs are quite minimalists, tinkered and ruffians, without artifice. The instrumentation remains classic, with guitar, bass, battery, organ and some manipulations on a computer, and the use of a ukulélé, Tibetan gongs or various sound effects. One sometimes thinks about Beck (Small Eight) but in a crazier way, David Thomas (Bœuf Bourguiba) or Tom Waits (Mister Master) while passing by psychedelic deliriums (Jukebox), thinking we listen to a song of Catpower (Solaris), a very nervous track. The few reminiscences to the school of Dominique A (Small Sun) constitute the weak point of the record, that nevertheless includes a whole set of pearls, as the fabulous  » Heels « , squeaky and tense, punctuated of an unstoppable rhythm, a  » Love That Feel  » touched by the grace. Some passages appear useless or brilliant, following the mood of the moment, like these recordings of conversations, or of sound experimentations falsely applied, but on the whole the album remains very coherent. The recordings seem to be have been done in one time, in order to protect a certain precious innocence, giving back the artistic spontaneity. The first listening is certainly disconcerting and tangled, but then, all goes back in the order to unveil a very mature and reflexive album. Robert Wyatt is thanked in the sleeve and it is not a surprise. (Stéphane Fivaz, Heimdallr)

FR Premier album de David Fenech sur Tout l’Univers (label de l’épatant Snark déjà croisé par ici). Logiquement dans la même veine que les albums de Ghédalia Tazartès et Frank Pahl sortis sur son propre label Demosaurus.
ENG David Fenech is the owner of Demosaurus. On his label he released a few albums by Ghédalia Tazartès or Frank Pahl, and these days he plays with Jac Berrocal and Tazartès. His first solo CD logically goes in the same directions.

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