Split Series #3
by Janek Schaefer / Pan American on Split Series
Pan American vs Janek Schaefer marks the third release in FatCat's split 12" series. Curated by Dave Howell of Obsessive Eye, with aid from Dave Cawley & Alex Knight, this collection will run in parallel with Fat Cat's (ir)regular output, opening out a series of strange combinations/fusions, introducing unknown/up-and-coming artists, and charting a more diverse, abstract terrain for the label.
Pan American exists as a solo project for Mark Nelson, guitarist / singer for US post-rock pioneers Labradford. Sequenced collage, mixing electronic instrumentation (the central Rhodes piano motif; sine-wave bass; drum machine), with effects procedures, and more concrete-style samples (a metal pipe rolling on a wooden floor; clanking saucepan lids, etc.) Stately, slow-motion glide. Langorous; hypnotic, revealing a slowly-unfolding tapestry of entwining beats and simple, sumptuous melodies.
Janek is a practising architect and former student at the RCA. This split 12" marks his first full-scale release to date.Performed totally live in a collage technique. Vinyl source material is processed through Schaefer's custom-built 'tri-phonic' turntable (a bi-directional, ultra vari-speed, three tone-arm deck), and simultaneously manipulated through cheap repetition machines & black box filters. 'Wash Bag Cut' is generated entirely through a live exploration of the phono jack. Dark, subterranean ambience; fllickering clusters of rhythms, tingling percussive foliage.