www.entracte.co.uk UK based – Entr’acte are surprisingly new to me, and appeared on my radar only recently. Imagine my surprise then, at discovering a wealth of fine releases beautifully and idiosyncratically presented in vacuum heat- sealed bags, commonly used for preserving foods, or maintaining sterility in medical equipment. This choice of packaging has gained a lot of attention for the label from a graphic design community, ever hungry for radical and innovative packaging solutions. The packaging, also seemingly elevates every release above the mediocre, each piece being meticulously sealed in it’s airtight tomb for some future auditor to enjoy, and wonder at.
I reluctantly slice the vac-bag, and discover that Mr McFall operates from the USA. Four Feels For Fire is forged from the ambience of the industrial heartlands of Kansas, Missouri. In the sleeve notes, McFall hints at the “lost functionality” of the area, lending it an almost Ballardian feel of redundancy and disuse, it’s occupants (and presumably former workforce) left discarded and desolate. Using field recordings from this area, Mc Fall has perhaps unwittingly revitalised the essence of his surroundings, reconstituting its inner workings to formulate a surreal poetry of decay. Fusing these works with analogue tape manipulation and then composited using software, McFall has conjured an alternative world of dense and epic proportions, rangey tracts that quake and rumble, and then slide away, leaving only dust and mercurial minutiae seething and sizzling like water on hot metal. Oblique and “up close” scrapings and scratchings once again remind us of the industrial source material, and the subtle clankings of machinery become the backdrop for sharply focussed tonality, and rich reverberant sub bass. Overall, then..a worthy collection, bolstered by additional pieces, Epilogue, and East, remastered last year and originally included in a self released volume, “1000X”. These pieces were gleaned from the original source material for Four Feels For Fire, and Mc Fall saw a neccessary inclusion. Absolutely brilliant. BGN