THE QUEBEC EXPERIMENTAL BAND’S FIRST OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO IS A DISQUIETING LOOK AT THE HUMAN CONDITION
Since founding in 2010, FET.NAT has created a musical universe all its own, crossing leftfield punk, trip-hop, free jazz and afrobeat, on a backdrop of absurdist humour. The enigmatic Hull, Québec foursome – featuring the franglais lyrics of JFNO, Pierre-Luc Clément on guitars, Linsey Wellman on saxophone, and secret weapon Olivier Fairfield (Last Ex, Timber Timbre, Andy Shauf) on drums – built its reputation on fiery live performances that clash maniacal theatrics with confounding musicianship. FET.NAT’s 2019 masterpiece concept record Le Mal shone a light on the band’s studio prowess, blending menacing electronics with warped poetics, seemingly contorted to pre-vision a version of the terrifying future we as a species and a planet are currently, already living.
As if on cue, today March 24, 2020, FET.NAT shares its music video for Le Mal closing track “Your World Is My Mystery Gift II” – a plodding, nearly beatless dirge of heavily processed vocals and degraded electronics. Through juxtaposed images of humanity and the wake left behind it, visual artist André Bluteau captures the disparity of our world, intimating the imbalance propelling us toward imminent collapse. Of his video – the first official music video for the veteran band – FET.NAT comments:
“Seeing this video made us realize that the song is not about now. It’s about the future. The mystery. Whether good or bad, the current experience, and the potential outcome, resonates deeply with all of us.”
With Le Mal – a concept record with one side containing MIDI interpretations of the other – FET.NAT delivered a stunning document of musical, thematic connectivity. Instrumentals of experimental restraint, with otherworldly electronics and flashes of unnatural polyrhythm, underscore JFNO’s nihilistic poetry. The result is a full-player of discernible variety – an illusory mirror image of itself – with familiar but offset halves that consume each other. Commended by critics for its audacious sound, and the unfathomable evolution of the band, Le Mal earned a 2019 Polaris Music Prize Short List nomination, marked by the band’s unignorable performance on the award’s televised gala.
Released by Toronto-Philadelphia experimental label Boiled Records, Le Mal is now available on vinyl and digital formats.