Title: A Week of Fevers
Artist: Joe Frawley
Release Date: 2015 April 01
Genre: Experimental / Classical
License: CC BY-NC-ND
Label: Self Release / BandCamp

Introduction

Joe Frawley: A Week Of Fevers is a hazy soundscape of mixed voices, songs, television show openings, and other bits and pieces of memories from a different era.  Constantly shifted, fragmented and slightly disconcerting sounds skitter across our ears leaving us lost in the familiarity of it all.

Joe Frawley: A Week Of Fevers

It’s pretty obvious by now, Joe Frawley is a master of the audio collage. ¬†He has the ability to pick small segments of audio and mix them with precision to get the exact effect he is after. ¬†If there were any doubt about his ability, this work should put that to rest, along with any of his other recent works.

But what brings this work into a new realm is the way in which he shapes the world around us, molds it to bring us into the vision that is in his mind. ¬†It’s a sometimes harrowing vision, and other times comforting, but always changing world. It’s not a single dimension of experience, it’s multi-dimensional world.

It’s really quite difficult to describe in words what Joe has accomplished with A Week of Fevers. ¬†It has all the earmarks of his work: focused, experimental, gorgeous piano performance, a haunting vocal (provided by Michelle Cross on “Nymphlight, for Joseph Cornell”). ¬†And yet, it is a¬†work that is far more than the sum of it’s parts. ¬†It’s where all of the techniques and technology meet artistry to create an experience that couldn’t be had in any other form.

And I think that is possibly one of the best things that I can say about this work: it is difficult to describe, it is better to experience it.

If I were to level any complaint against this work is that it’s almost all a little too perfect. ¬†The haziness is perfect, the collage effects are perfect. ¬†What is missing is some more dynamics, and maybe a little bit of an edge.

When I think of the fevers I had when I was a child, there was an element of terror in them, things would get so distorted at times that I didn’t know what they were, or I felt that something completely improbable was going to happen. ¬†I remember one time where I had the feeling that I was falling through the air, and I felt that it was never going to stop. ¬†That was a terrifying feeling: that I could possibly know what infinity was and not have any control over how my body felt.

It could be that Joe is a little too comfortable in his process and needs to find some way to shake it up to find other dimensions, or to being in other experiences to build in a different perspective.

Conclusion

As always, Joe Frawley has produced an exception work that goes well beyond the parts that were put into. ¬†It is a work of artistry that is missing in a lot of the high-technology produced works these days. However, it’s not without shortcomings: it misses some of the dynamics and more extreme tensions that this concept could bring out. ¬†Even despite this lack, it is still a work that is highly listen-able and worth the experience.

 

Joe Frawley: A Week Of Fevers

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Rating

8.5/10

Posted by George De Bruin